Antonio Conte lauds Willian after Chelsea avoid third defeat in a row

Mar 12, 2018, 09:12 IST | AFP

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised the all-round contribution of Willian after the in-form Brazilian helped halt a run of back-to-back league defeats ahead of next week's showdown with Barcelona in Europe

Chelsea's Italian head coach Antonio Conte gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in London on March 10, 2018. Pic/AFP
Chelsea's Italian head coach Antonio Conte gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in London on March 10, 2018. Pic/AFP

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised the all-round contribution of Willian after the in-form Brazilian helped halt a run of back-to-back league defeats ahead of next week's showdown with Barcelona in Europe.

Willian's deflected shot opened the scoring in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace, and it was his clever dummy that created the second, an own goal by Martin Kelly. He has scored five goals in five games, the best run of his Chelsea career, which is timely ahead of Wednesday's Champions League last 16, second leg match in Barcelona. But Conte was also pleased by the forward's hard work off the ball. "You can see when a player is in great form, I'm the first to pick him in the starting 11. He's playing in a fantastic way but, I want to underline, not only with the ball, but also without it. He's working very hard and he's helping the team," Conte said.

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