Boxing Day’s 2-2 draw with Watford was certainly not the first time this season Willian ended a game having made a major impact. Afterwards he rated the performance.
It was the Brazilian’s corner that led to Diego Costa’s close-range finish which gave Chelsea the lead at Stamford Bridge, and then when the visitors had bounced back to go 2-1 up, one of the passes of the season from Willian found our centre-forward who doubled his tally for the game. However the scoring ended there despite a penalty awarded to the Blues. Watford escaped when Oscar slipped as he struck the spot-kick.
‘I think we deserved to win,’ Willian assessed. ‘We played well second half. Of course we were in a difficult moment in that half when Watford scored a second goal but we kept going, we kept fighting and then we scored.
‘I am so sorry about Oscar. He was unlucky that moment when he went to shoot but in this game we showed our quality and we have to now keep going the same way. We have a big game on Monday and we have to go there to try to win the game.’
Tomorrow’s tea-time match against Manchester United at Old Trafford will be the first away game for Guus Hiddink since he returned and in common with John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and John Mikel Obi who were at Chelsea during the manager’s first spell in charge, Willian needed no introduction to the Dutchman having played under him at his former club.
‘I know him [Hiddink] from Anzhi in Russia and I like to work with him,’ said Willian. ‘He is a nice guy and a good manager so now we have to learn from what he can pass on and he can explain.
‘Now we have to rest and be ready for Monday. This situation is difficult for us but I think we can go and win game by game and finish the league in the top four.’
- Chelsea TV’s special seasonal documentary Willian – From Brazil to the Bridge is available now in Video on Demand.