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It is now four wins in a row for Chelsea in all competitions after their latest victory against Southampton in the Premier League.
The Blues put in perhaps one of their most professional displays of the season against the Saints, winning 4-1 away from home whilst reducing their opponents to just three shots on target throughout the match.
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They themselves were clinical and impressive going forward too, and Brazil international Willian deserves a lot of credit for his performance. The 31-year-old has come in for a lot of criticism from Blues supporters in the past, but he was one of, if not their best player on the day.
He proved to be a menace for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team from the word go. His three key passes were only matched by fellow winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, and the former Shakhtar Donetsk man was even able to assist Mason Mount’s strike, which was the Stamford Bridge outfit’s second of the afternoon.
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By winning his team three fouls – more than any of his teammates – he was able to slow the game down for his side whilst also allowing them to take stock in dangerous situations. His performance didn’t just showcase his offensive qualities though. Going the other way, he also looked comfortable, racking up an impressive 60% win rate in terms of his ground duels as well as three successful tackles, with just Marcos Alonso achieving more.
Once again on Sunday, there was a lot of focus on Chelsea’s youngsters. Mount and Tammy Abraham were both on the scoresheet, whilst Hudson-Odoi impressed on his first Premier League start of the campaign.
However, those fresh faces need people to look up to, and Willian’s performance at St Mary’s showed exactly what they need to strive for. The wide man’s experience will no doubt be vital as the term progresses, and Frank Lampard will be hoping he can be an example for his young bucks on a regular basis.