But for the width of the woodwork in recent games, Willian might already be on a half-century of goals for Chelsea.
The 30-year-old has scored 48 goals for the Blues but he went close to adding to that total in our two away wins over Christmas.
‘I was a bit unlucky, in both games,’ Willian says. ‘I hit the post against Watford and Crystal Palace, maybe next game the ball goes in.
‘We should have scored more against Palace. We created a few chances but at least we scored one and the most important thing is to win and we did.’
The decisive goal at the weekend came from the boot of N’Golo Kante, his third of the season and second of December, and Willian believes he caught out the otherwise disciplined Eagles defence.
‘It was a good movement by N’Golo and a great pass by David so it was a surprise for their defence because they did expect that, and he scored a good goal for us. We have to do this even more because the expectation may be on other players.’
Now attention turns to tonight’s home game against Southampton which brings a run of four straight Premier League fixtures to a close.
‘We are 11 points behind Liverpool but we have to believe,’ says Willian. ‘In football you never know, even more in the Premier League, so we have to believe until the end and we have to win games.
‘We know how difficult it is to win the Premier League but we have to do our job. Our job is to win games and we go for it.
‘We just start the second half of the season and we have to believe.’