Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Willian strengthens Chelsea's grip on fourth place

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Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2019, 23:56

Barcelona made a concerted effort to sign Willian in the summer, and sources close to the player have told ESPN FC that he believes they remain interested.

Willian has since starred for the Blues against Newcastle United where he scored a sublime curling goal which proved to be the victor and speaking after the game, Sarri reiterated the importance of the winger. To be fair we can not complain about what the players were doing on the pitch. We know that we have hard games and we play against two or three of the top sides in a row.

The win moves Chelsea six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal after the Gunners lost 1-0 to West Ham earlier on Saturday, but Sarri insisted that his team's performance against a struggling Newcastle side left him wanting more.

Once again, Sarri stubbornly stuck to his experiment with Eden Hazard as Chelsea's central striker despite the Belgian star's dislike of the tactic.

This loss in the capital, combined with results elsewhere on Saturday, means that United are now in the relegation zone ahead of next week's huge showdown with fellow strugglers Cardiff City.

However, they were pegged back on 40 minutes as Newcastle took advantage of a good spell to make it 1-1 with Ciaran Clark heading home from a corner. "We need Odoi. We need Willian, of course". "For us, he's fundamental".

When asked about Willian's contract, he added: "Maybe he has 12 years of contract, I don't know the detail".

Spain winger Pedro opened the scoring for the home side on the 9th minute.

But with the Magpies making life tough for their hosts, Willian's brilliant curling shot in the 57th minute secured all three points for the Blues.

"In my opinion, Willian has to stay with us. We have to get the points we want". We need to improve in the mental reaction because after the first goal something happened.

'I scored a good goal. We scored after nine minutes, so we did not have to face difficulty.