Willian was able to talk about a spectacular winning goal and about his footballing future following the conclusion of Chelsea’s Saturday evening victory over Newcastle United.
The Brazilian showed his worth to the team when he curled the ball into the far side of Martin Dubravka’s net to make it 2-1 in the second half at Stamford Bridge, giving the Slovakian no chance of making a save.
In the build-up to the game, there had been media stories of transfer bids for Willian but there is no substance to talk of him going, he stated after the win.
‘My future is here, at Chelsea, I don’t know what you are talking about,’ he said, before reflecting on his 49th goal for the Blues.
‘It was a good goal. I found the space and I put the ball exactly where I wanted to put it.’
Beating Newcastle was not straightforward however. Our opponents’ equaliser came after they had enjoyed a good spell and although we improved in the second half, like Maurizo Sarri’s post-match analysis, Willian too could see room for improvement.
‘It is always difficult to play in the Premier League and for us especially to kill the match,’ he said.
‘We have to be more clinical and in this game we could not do that, but I think we have the qualities to do that. In the next games if we kill the match as soon as possible, it is easy then to play, it is easier to find more spaces.’
Pedro answers the call
The opening Chelsea goal was scored by Pedro, and prior to the game Sarri explained he had reintroduced the Spaniard to try to cure our recent lack of goals.
‘Pedro is very important for us because of his characteristics, he goes in the spaces. We are trying to solve a problem so we have to try also with Pedro,’ the boss had said.
Having answered the call with an early goal, Pedro considered Sarri’s thoughts about him.
‘I try to find this combination with Willian, between the lines, and I try to go to the space, to attack the line,’ the Spaniard said.
‘David [Luiz] passed the ball to me perfectly and it was a very good goal.’