Chelsea and Brazil midfielder Willian says he is ready to shoulder the responsibility of scoring goals for the Stamford Bridge side following the inability of the club’s forwards to deliver goals on a consistent basis.
Willian who has emerged as a dead-ball expert this season was on target in midweek with a wonderful free-kick in the Champions League that earned Chelsea a badly needed Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, making him the club’s leading scorer with his fifth goal.
With Diego Costa having scored only twice in the league this season, and Eden Hazard not at all, Chelsea appear reliant on Willian maintaining his form. The idea does not appear to faze him.
“I am quite confident I am ready to deal with this pressure. Obviously I won’t be able to score goals every single game but I am going to try and keep doing my best so I can keep helping the team and score as many goals as I can.” The Chelsea man told the Independent.
On the winner against the Ukrainians on Wednesday, the former Shakhtar Donetsk star labeled the goal his career’s best.
“I think it was one of the best goals I have scored in my career.” It was certainly one of the most appreciated, especially from Jose Mourinho. The Chelsea manager has been facing mounting pressure this season and when Dynamo Kiev pulled a goal back on Wednesday it was not just the fans who began to doubt.
“In the second half we conceded a goal and we started to think with all that has been going on ‘are we going to draw again or are we going to lose this game again?’” Willian said.
It has been the worst start to a Chelsea league season in the Roman Abramovich era. The Blues’ currently languish in 15th place in the Premier League table, four points from the bottom three, and face a trip to Stoke City on Saturday.