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Chelsea midfielder Willian claims the support from the fans against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge will make this Sunday a day to remember in Chelsea history.

“We are playing at home, we have the support of the fans behind us and we have a great chance to win the game. The fans are very important, we need them to come to the game and support the team. It gives us added motivation.

“Sometimes you have to forget about the supporters and get on with your job out on the pitch but, of course, Sunday is a day when they can be a very big help for us.”

Speaking about Chelsea’s Wednesday night win at Leicester, the Brazilian said: “I was pleased with the performance of myself and the whole team, it was a difficult game, everybody gave their best and we were very happy with the result. 

“The first half was tough for us but in the second half we played much better and scored three goals, in the end I felt we deserved to win the game.”

Willian has been a key part of the Chelsea midfield this season, but he was quick to highlight the importance of the decisions of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: “Sometimes when the way you are playing isn’t working you have to change it. The manager did that at half-time and it paid off. In the second half we had a lot more possession and played with confidence. Because of that we created more chances, which enabled us to score the three goals.”



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Chelsea legend and captain John Terry © Francesca Ceciarini

Cech 7- Made some very good saves and wasn’t at fault for the goal. Wasn’t troubled in the second half.

Azpilicueta 6- Made a terrible mistake for the goal Chelsea conceded but was solid after that.

Terry 8- Another very good performance and scored a vital goal. Commanded his defence well for the most part. Man of the Match.

Cahill 7- The second improved performance in a row after playing well at Arsenal.

Ivanovic 7- Set up the goal for Drogba an generally played well in the second half in both halves of the pitch.

Ramires 6.5- Scored a superb goal but was caught on the ball a number of times and didn’t play well in the first half.

Matic 7- Improved as the game went on and controlled the pace in the second half.

Willian 8- Probably Chelsea’s most dangerous player throughout, making a number of runs with the ball that the home side couldn’t deal with.

Fabregas 7.5- Found it difficult to utlise his creativity and missed a good chance at 1-1. Began to influence the game more as Chelsea dominated.

Hazard 7.5- Similar to Fabregas, not quite as explosive as he has been this season but still threatened when he found the room.

Drogba 7- Did very little in the first 45 minutes but got better, scoring one and almost scoring one or two more.


Zouma 7- Brought on when Chelsea went 2-1 up and played well.

Mikel N/A- Brought on very late.

Cuadrado N/A- See above, barely touched the ball.


Jose Mourinho 7- The team started the game slowly and perhaps quite nervously, but his half-time team talk made a huge difference with a superb second half performance. Didn’t panic into substitutions, just motivated the players to improving.

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Chelsea have gone thirteen points clear at the top of the table after an impressive 3-1 victory away at Leicester City which means one more victory will see them crowned Premier League champions.

Chelsea started slowly with the home side taking the initiative early on, despite not creating any clear chances. There were brief moments of danger in the first quarter-of-an-hour when Leicester City appeared  to set their sight on goal but were let down by the first touches of their forwards.

The champions-elect first opening came on fifteen minutes and did so courtesy of a quick sprint with the ball from Willian who, with the on-running Ramires slightly too far ahead- pulled it back to Drogba whose mishit troubled nobody. It was sign that Chelsea were getting into the rhythm, however, and sight on goal came just a minute later when, from more orthodox approach play, Fabregas made a brilliant pass through the centre of the home defence, lobbing the ball over the heads of everyone to Ramires whose cut back reached no one in Chelsea colours.

The general play from Chelsea began to improve but the home side were still a threat, particularly from the wings- on a number of occasions John Terry had to hook the ball away from the near pot area when crosses threatened the goal. For their part, Leicester were quick to get players behind the ball when Chelsea were attacking. Fabregas and Hazard, Chelsea’s two main sources of creativity this season, found it hard to find space for their team mates even if their individual play was fine. A scrap in the penalty area followed Konchesky fashioning an attempt on goal from a deep cross on the right which Cech was able to make the save if not turn it around the post, but Leicester did take the lead a few moments later when Azpilicueta slipped and failed to clear a pass into the box from the left hand side which gave Mark Albrighton the easy task of passing the ball into the left hand corner.

It was a goal that Chelsea deserved to concede, such was their sloppy football in the first half. The team appeared too static and the moments of improvement were sporadic and never threatening. When the second half began, the deficit vanished within three minutes when a rejuvenated Chelsea played with far greater intent and drive. It was Drogba who got the Blues level, collecting a cut back from Ivanovic and bringing back memories of years gone by when he finished coolly into the same corner of the goal that Chelsea had conceded in at the end of the first period. That preceded a flurry of chances that they did not take, one from the old Ivorian, who found himself in a better position than he did when he scored but shot over, and another when Fabregas couldn’t quite connect to a brilliant run and cross from Willian which he probably didn’t expect to reach him.

Following that the game fell into a pattern of both sides taking it in turns venture forward in search of a third goal. To their credit Leicester did not sit back in search of a valuable draw in their struggle against relegation. Having won their previous four games their were confident to keep up the pressure that served them so well in the first half, but their wanderings into the Chelsea penalty area didn’t threaten the away side a great deal. Willian had a shot that curled over the bar, and it was the Brazil international who was one of Chelsea’s most threatening players as he often ran from one penalty area to the other.

The breakthrough for Chelsea came from an old source when Terry reached the ball first, as he has done so many times in his long career, after Cahill’s flick on header was saved from Fabregas’ corner with ten minutes to go. Ramires increased the lead just a few minutes later finishing brilliantly with his left foot from twenty-five yards out, and that point the Chelsea players knew the game, and perhaps the title, was won, such were their celebrations. It might not be mathematically certain yet, but tonight’s win means another three points will mean they are champions of England for the first time since 2010.


Leicester City: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan (c), Albrighton, King, Cambiasso, Drinkwater, Konchesky, Vardy, Ulloa.

Unused substitutes: Schwarzer,  Hammond,  Wood, Kramaric.

Manager: Nigel Pearson


Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Drogba.

Substitues: Courtois, Filipe Luis,  Ake,  Oscar, 

Manager: José Mourinho


Referee: Mark Clattenburg


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José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho looked quite satisfied after the very important victory over Manchester United this evening at Stamford Bridge: now Chelsea are 10 points clear of Arsenal -that are second in the table and today were playing the FA Cup semifinal against Reading, so they got one game in hand too- and next weekend they will face the Gunners at the Emirates, another crucial game on the route to the title.

But today’s win was another step toward it, and the players seemed very happy after the referee blew the final whistle, celebrating in the end of the pitch, so Mourinho was immediately asked about this in his post-match press conference, and he explained:

The celebrations were because we beat one of the biggest teams in the world: I understand that. The players gave everything to win the game and they felt the result of the work they’d done all week to prepare

The team were fantastic. I’m the one that knows how fantastic they were because the game was exactly what we wanted. When you manage to play the game you want to play, it’s fantastic. The players were magnificent, on top of that Eden had that magic the top players have, especially in big matches

Obviously he was fundamental  for us but Cahill made an amazing block on Falcao, John Terry was amazing, the keeper was there for us all the time, Azpilicueta was for me the best player on the pitch and Ivanovic was fantastic. Matic worked like an animal, Zouma put Fellaini out of the game, our number 11 [Drogba] was another animal, fighting against two kids young enough to be his sons. Hazard was what you know, Oscar worked fantastically well, Ramires came in and gave us what we needed, Mikel came in for two minutes and held the ball”

Mourinho revealed Willian had been ill for the two days leading up to the game

Willian coming on was a bonus I wanted to give him, he’s been in bed for two days and today he came straight from his house, making himself available to give us some help, he was fantastic

Then Mourinho spoke about the next two games, that Chelsea will play away from Stamford Bridge ( Arsenal and Leicester)

It’s three more points. Obviously every point we get now, every victory we get, is one step in the title direction

We need to win matches. What we can say is that we play for nine points at home, we can be champions just from the matches we play at home. But obviously if we can get points away it’s better’.

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Chelsea midfielder Willian highlighted the confidence flowing through Chelsea’s side as they close in on the Premier League title.

The Brazilian has been a main-stay in Jose Mourinho’s side this season, who currently sit top of table.

Speaking after the game at Stoke, Willian knows Chelsea can’t relax just yet.

He said: “I think we played very well [against Stoke], we have confidence and possession and we have to continue in the same way,

“We have to continue to be strong and concentrate and we have to get points game by game and this is the way.

“Now we have to stay focused and stay strong because there are difficult games coming and we have to prepare.

“We played well because we were winning every second ball and we put pressure.

“For the second goal I felt that the ball was coming in that area there and I go. I passed to Eden and then he made an assist to Loic. So I think we played very well and congratulations to everyone.”


Willian also hailed Jose Mourinho’s man management skills.

He stated: “He is a great manager and he gives confidence, he gives everything to the players and we try to win all the games. He explains what we have to do on the pitch and he is a very good coach and he has history in football so I am very happy to work with him.”

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Brazil Head Coach Dunga has praised the attacking contribution of Chelsea man Willian.

Willian has been a constant in Mourinho’s sides this season, as well as playing all seven Brazil games Dunga has been in charge for.

The Brazil boss sees Willian as crucial to the way he wants to see his side play as he hopes to utilise the plays fluidity.

Dunga cited the Chelsea man and Barcelona’s Neymar as vital to the international side.


Dunga has been quoted as saying: “The movement and mobility of our players is key.

“The more they play together the more things become automatic. Willian is skilled.

“He has a lot of pace, a speed in his reasoning and he can make the difference in many games.”

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This weekend the Premier League and all the other major European championships will stop for the last international break of the season.

Many Chelsea players are involved with their national teams, let’s see a list of all of them:





– Fabregas

– Diego Costa was selected but he had to go back to London for hamstring injury




-Filipe Luis


– Cuadrado


– Zouma


– Hazard



– Cech



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Chelsea celebration
Chelsea celebration

Courtois 7.5- Made a terrible error for the equaliser but saved the game with a triple save in the second half. Was commanding throughut the second half.

Ivanovic 6- Was caught out for both goals but did improve as the game went on and was willing to get forward.

Cahill 6–  It is becoming apparent he is out of his depth at this level, should be replaced by Zouma in the near future.

Terry 6.5- Was commanding in the second half but did not organise his defence in the first, is becoming more and more vulnerable when the ball is put over his head

Filipe Luis 6- Was bright late on but did make errors in the first.

Ramires 6.5 Much better in the second half than he was the first. Substituted in the second half. (Oscar – 61′ )

Matic 7- Lost control in the first half but retained the pace of the game in the second, the exception of a few moments.

Willian 7- Showed great energy in the second half but struggled to find space in front of a very organised defence.Set up the winning goal, however.(Zouma – 80′ )

Fàbregas 7- Anonymous in the first half but did show creativity in he second half. Slowly getting back to form.

Hazard 8- By far Chelsea’s most likely outlet throughout and scored a great goal in the first half. Was a menace throghout. Man of the match.

Diego Costa 7- Finished the second goal briliantly but was often left isolated for the rest of the game, despte his hardwork. (Remy – 75′ )


Oscar 6- Brought on in the second half but struggled to get into the game.

Zouma 7- Brought on late on to protect the lead and did his job.

Remy 7- Scored the winning goal which should have been saved.


Jose Mourinho 7- The team started very well but the defence is still a worry. His subsitions, particuarly Remy, changed the result.


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