Willian: Confidence rising

After playing a starring role as we booked our place in the FA Cup quarter-finals, Willian praised the team for the manner in which we started last night’s 4-0 victory over Hull City.

The Brazilian fired us in front inside two minutes and scored his second of the night with a delightful effort which flew into the back of the net via the foot of the post.

Pedro and Olivier Giroud were also on target in what was a dominant first-half display by the Blues, and Willian felt we got what we deserved.

‘It was a great game, not only by me but the whole team,’ he said. ‘We played really well from the beginning. To be honest, we expected a difficult game but it became easy because of the way we played. We tried to score goals, create chances and we did a great job.

'I think after a difficult moment we’re back to winning games and when you win the confidence goes high. Now we have to carry on.'

Having been aided by the post for the second of his two goals, Willian was denied a first Chelsea hat-trick right at the death when his low drive struck the base of the woodwork.

‘It was almost there, I tried to score one more goal but the most important thing was the win,’ he said. ‘I was unlucky but I hope there are more goals to come in the next match.’

As well as scoring two goals and impressing throughout with the intelligence of his attacking play, Willian explained what he said to Hull’s David Meyler as he prepared to take a penalty which was saved by Willy Cabellero early in the second half.

‘I said to him: “You’re going to miss,” Willian laughed. ‘I said: “Don’t shoot in the middle because Willy won’t move, he stays,” and then when he missed I said: “I told you.”

Next up for Antonio Conte’s side is the small matter of a Champions League game against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, and with the team having won our last two matches in comfortable fashion, Willian says we are going into the fixture confident of securing the right result.

‘Football is all about results,’ he said. ‘When you win everything is fine, when you lose, no. We always try to work hard and improve ourselves and we have to continue like that.

‘We play for Chelsea, we always want to win titles. In the Champions League we know it’s going to be a difficult game but we are Chelsea, we know we can win the game. We have to prepare and no doubt it will be a massive game.’