Willian praises quality of Gonzalo Higuain and Callum Hudson-Odoi

Ahead of tonight’s trip to Bournemouth, Willian says the team are now looking to produce quality performances on a more consistent basis following two impressive victories in the domestic cup competitions.

The Blues head to the Vitality Stadium looking to record a third consecutive win, this time in the Premier League, after beating Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup respectively.

Willian netted his 50th and 51st Chelsea goals in Sunday’s win over the Owls, and he reflected on a positive night, both for himself and the team.

‘It’s good when you play well and score goals, the next day you feel good, feel happy, but the most important thing is to win games,’ he explained. ‘It was a special night for me. I scored two goals, played well and the team played well so I’m very happy.

‘In football it’s always like this, one week you lose and then you have the opportunity three days later, or one week later, to overcome the situation and win again so that’s how it was. We lost against Arsenal and then won the games against Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday.

‘Now I think we need to stabilise, we cannot go up and down, up and down, anymore, we have to carry on in the same way.’

Willian started Sunday’s game on the left-hand side of an attacking trio, with Callum Hudson-Odoi, who scored our other goal, on the right and debutant Gonzalo Higuain as the focal point.

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The striker played 80 minutes before being withdrawn, and Willian believes he will become an important player for us over the coming months.

‘He's a very good player, he has a lot of quality,’ he said. ‘He wants to move, go behind the defenders and come to play one-twos, which is important. He will help us a lot this season and with our way of playing it will be good.

‘They [Higuain and Maurizio Sarri] know each other and I think he’s a special player who can score a lot of goals. He did well with Napoli, Juventus, Madrid, so he can do it here.’

Willian also praised Hudson-Odoi, who will hope to be involved tonight having impressed when called upon of late.

‘He has a lot of qualities, he has great talent and he’s only 18,’ said Willian. ‘I think in the future he can become one of the best players in the world. I hope he stays at Chelsea, we want him to stay, he’s a special talent.’

Willian has featured regularly this season under Sarri, and although the attacker is clearly enjoying his football, he admits there are areas in which the team can improve.

‘I’m happy to work with him, happy with the way he does things and the way we play,’ Willian said. ‘We really have fun on the pitch.

‘He wants us to play good football, which is what we want as well, but I think we can continue even more. We have the potential to do that and we’re going to try.

'Sometimes when we have the opportunity to kill the game we don’t do it, so we have to improve in that situation.’


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