EPL: Chelsea will not give up, says striker Willian

Updated: 14 December, 2017 11:02 IST | Agencies | London

Willian, who was instrumental in his side's 3-1 win over Huddersfield, insists Blues will fight till the end for title despite City being far ahead in the race

Willian said defending champions Chelsea will continue to battle for the Premier League title after moving 11 points behind leaders Manchester City by beating Huddersfield Town on Tuesday. The Brazilian was instrumental in his team's 3-1 away win, producing a goal and two assists as Chelsea bounced back from Saturday's shock 1-0 loss at West Ham. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte repeated his assertion that the title race was over, but Willian is not giving up on Chelsea's title defence.

Chelseas Willian celebrates after scoring against Huddersfield Town in an English Premier League game on Tuesday night. Pic/AFP
Chelsea's Willian celebrates after scoring against Huddersfield Town in an English Premier League game on Tuesday night. Pic/AFP

'Still a lot of games to play'
"Like I said, we have to fight until the end. It's a big gap, but we have to fight until the end. We still have a lot of games. "In football anything can happen. We have to fight. We will never give up. We have to think about us and our performance and forget the others. We are Chelsea, a big club, and we always want to win." Willian has assured Chelsea fans he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge amid speculation of a possible reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. The 29-year-old has not been a regular starter this season but marked his return to the side with a match-winning display on Tuesday.

'Happy to be at Chelsea'
"I'm happy here and the fans can be calm," Willian said after Chelsea had turned in a much-improved display at the John Smith's Stadium. "I'm always happy here at Chelsea. I really like this club a lot with my heart. Yeah, I'm very happy." Willian has been repeatedly linked with a move to title rivals United after growing frustration over his lack of game time under Antonio Conte. The Brazil international has started only 12 games this season, but responded to his recall by heading home the second and laying on both Chelsea's other goals for Tiemoue Bakayoko and Pedro. "Of course, I'm very happy," he said. "When I play, I always try to do my best to help the team to score goals to make assists and I did that with my teammates."

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First Published: 14 December, 2017 10:31 IST

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