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Chelsea News: Willian concedes bench duty was tough

9 months ago

In the latest Chelsea news, forward Willian has admitted he found it “difficult” only being on the bench at times last season.

The Brazilian only played a bit-part role for the Blues in the Premier League in 2017-18, starting just 20 Premier League games out of a possible 38 under head coach Antonio Conte.

The 29-year-old appeared unlucky to be overlooked by the Italian as he usually impressed when he got the chance and weighed in with six league goals and eight assists as the Londoners finished fifth in the table.

Willian’s future has been the subject of speculation in the light of him not always being first choice at Stamford Bridge and he’s been tentatively linked with a reunion with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk star, who has amassed 236 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea, scoring 44 goals, says he was pleased with his performances in the past season although he insists he respects Conte has the final call over who plays.

“I was happy with my performance during the season, I played very well I always try to do my best and work hard,” he said.

“Sometimes to stay on the bench is difficult but I respect the decision of the manager.”

Willian has been named in Brazil’s final squad for the World Cup and is expected to feature heavily as the Selecao aim for glory in Russia. The South Americans are expected to go far in the tournament after first taking on Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.

Willian wants the focus to be on his country as he hopes to play a key role for Tite’s men.

He added: “I don’t have nothing more to say about my club because now I want to have focus here on the national team and the World Cup.”

Brazil are 4/1 to win their sixth World Cup this summer with Paddy Power.