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Fresh targets for Willian in new mag

The latest edition of the club's official magazine, on sale now, features an in-depth interview with Willian plus much more...

The latest edition of Chelsea, available now in print and digital format, features an in-depth interview with Willian who looks ahead to next season and working under incoming manager Antonio Conte.

The club’s official magazine also hears from former player and current Under-21s assistant manager Andy Myers as well as musician Kirk Brandon, and there is a reflective feature on the summer of 1996 when Ruud Gullit took charge of the Blues.

Though the 2015/16 campaign was a disappointing one overall, the performances of Willian during the course of the season undoubtedly caught the eye and it came as little surprise when the Brazilian picked up both the Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year prizes.

He finished last season with 11 goals in all competitions, seven more than in each of his previous two campaigns at the club.

‘I put it in my head when I arrived at Chelsea that I always have to keep improving my game and I think I’m doing that,’ Willian tells Chelsea. ‘I just focus on playing better from one game to the next and improving season by season, so I hope that next season I will play even better than I have been so far.

‘Sometimes it was difficult to play well last season, as our team performances in some games weren’t as good as we wanted them to be, but when you don’t play well you have to fight and do everything to win that game. I think I am always doing that and I have to continue doing it.’

Willian has recently been involved with Brazil at the Copa America and will now have a holiday before joining up with his club team-mates to prepare for next season, when he hopes we can rediscover the winning habit.

‘The Chelsea fans deserve more and we know that,’ he says. ‘We need to come back for 2016/17 stronger to win titles for them.

‘It’s not a case of using last season as motivation, we need to forget about it. We have the quality to improve next season and for sure we will come back strong and do everything we can to win titles for Chelsea and our fans.’

When Willian does report back for Chelsea duty after his break there will be a new man at the helm, with Conte to take charge once Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign comes to a conclusion, and the winger is looking forward to a fresh challenge.

‘I hope he does well with Italy at the Euros and can come to Chelsea happy,’ he says.

‘Of course, he’s a great manager so I think he will come here and help us and I’m sure he will want to win titles here with us.

‘We have to get back to playing with confidence in every game and the new manager will help us with that, so I can’t wait for next season.’ 

Myers’s full circle

It’s fair to say Chelsea Football Club has a special place in the heart of Andy Myers. Having come through the ranks at the club and gone on to win trophies both domestically and in Europe, our former defender now works as Adi Viveash’s assistant for the Under-21s. In this month’s ‘One of Us’ feature, Myers discusses the change in culture at Stamford Bridge in the 1990s, as well as explaining how he developed as a player under the tutelage of Glenn Hoddle and Ruud Gullit. He also talks about his current role and the demands placed upon a coach when developing youngsters.

Long hot summer

With the Euros now in full swing there is a natural tendency to cast an eye back to when the tournament was held in England, that memorable summer of 1996. It was a period of change at the Bridge with Gullit replacing Glenn Hoddle and big-name signings such as Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Di Matteo arriving at the club. With the help of Eddie Newton and Danny Granville, this month's magazine reflects on an important period in our history.

Back where he belongs

After a spell not watching his beloved Blues at close quarters, Theatre of Hate and Spear of Destiny frontman Kirk Brandon has held a season ticket at the Bridge for the past five years and he couldn’t be happier. In the latest edition of Chelsea, the musician recalls finding a way to get into Wembey for the 1970 FA Cup final and almost having his hand broken by one of his heroes many years ago.

What else?

As well as all that, the magazine looks back on the Player of the Year awards ceremony and previews Euro 2016, with six Chelsea players involved in the tournament. There is also a ‘Photo Album’ celebrating the success of our Academy last season and much more!

The latest edition of Chelsea is available now from the Megastore and all good newsagents, priced £3.25.

You can also click to download a digital version of the magazine, priced £2.99.

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