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Willian praises Higuain contribution

After our thumping win over Huddersfield Town, Willian hailed Gonzalo Higuain's two-goal showing, as well as highlighting the character and clinical nature of the Blues' display.

Following the midweek disappointment at Bournemouth, we returned to winning ways in front of our home fans with a 5-0 triumph over the Premier League's bottom side.

Higuain got the ball rolling on his first home league start for the club, opening his account with a fine finish, and he later doubled our lead. With Eden Hazard also netting twice, Willian talked up the attacking options Maurizio Sarri has at his disposal.

'We have a lot of good players, a quality team, and very good players in front,' said the Brazilian, whose corner kick set up David Luiz for our fifth goal of the afternoon. 'It doesn't matter the player that plays there, we have the same profile of football and that's what the manager says to us: “Play fast, play quick.” Higuain played very well with his movements, with one-twos around the box, so it was very good for us.'

After back-to-back Premier League defeats, which were sandwiched between triumphs in both domestic cup competitions, Willian felt the overall performance was much more like it from a Blues side who regained a grip on fourth place ahead of this afternoon's match between Manchester City and Arsenal.

'It was much better,' added Chelsea's No22. 'We played really well, we did what we had to do – we had possession, we scored goals, we were clinical. That's it. We have to keep going.

'We know when you play for Chelsea, when the results don't come, the pressure comes. You have to work on the situation and, of course, we know in football you always have to improve, even when you win games. After the [Bournemouth] game, which was a bad game for us, we came strong and we showed character. This is Chelsea.'

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