Chelsea news: Willian calls for change

1 year ago

In the latest Chelsea news, Willian admits something must change with Chelsea after a disappointing campaign that could see them finish outside the top-four and without a trophy.

The Blues eased to the Premier League title in 2016-17, seven points ahead of second-placed Tottenham, but they have found it much tougher this term.

Antonio Conte appears to be at odds with the club’s hierarchy over transfer dealings and performances on the field have also suffered.

Chelsea, who are priced at 13/8 to win the FA Cup outright with Ladbrokes, sit fifth in the Premier League, 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham, and they look extremely unlikely to be playing in the Champions League next season.

A defeat at home to Tottenham and the draw against West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday has brought about more criticism, and they are relying on the FA Cup to save their season.

The west London outfit take on struggling Southampton in the semi-final of the FA Cup later this month with Manchester United or Tottenham set to battle it out in the other game.

Willian admits that the campaign hasn’t gone to plan and insists something must change within the club to ensure they can come out fighting in 2018-19.

“To lose isn’t good,” Willian told the Daily Mirror. “I think something will have to change for next season.

“If a team like Chelsea wants to reach the top four, we can’t draw against West Ham at home. We can’t lose against Tottenham at home.

“Of course we still have the FA Cup to fight for. We still have six games to fight for. But we have to change something.

“We are Chelsea. We always want to win titles, but of course, we have to win the FA Cup to finish the season well. If we win this title, it will not make up for this season. I think our target was to stay in the top four and we are fifth. The only title we can win is the FA Cup so we go for that. Next season we will be back stronger to try to win again.”