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Unsung Hero: Chelsea’s Willian flies under the radar as Blues draw with Ajax in enthralling encounter

Unsung Hero: Chelsea’s Willian flies under the radar as Blues draw with Ajax in enthralling encounter

Chelsea drew 4-4 with Ajax in an enthralling encounter in the Champions League last night with one player flying under the radar for the Blues with his performance.

Ajax took an early lead after Tammy Abraham put into the back of his own net, however, Chelsea struck back through Jorginho after Christian Pulisic won a penalty just two minutes later (via BBC).

The Dutch champions then took the game by the scruff of the neck, scoring the next three goals through Quincy Promes, a rather unfortunate own goal through Kepa Arrizzabalaga and Donny van de Beek.

However, that did little to discourage Frank Lampard’s men who struck back through Cesar Azpilicueta, another, dubious, Jorginho penalty and youngster Reece James.

Chelsea’s Italian maestro conducted everything in the middle of the park, having possession of the ball the most amount of time and playing the most passes of any player on the pitch (via WhoScored).

However, it was the efforts of attacker Willian which was lost among the chaos of a pulsating match between the two sides.

The Brazil international completed the third-most dribbles, the most key passes (4) and was the most fouled player on the pitch in a brilliant attacking performance, per Whoscored.

However, his threat is best highlighted by his ability to push the Blues forward as he played the most final third passes of any Chelsea player.

The Express agreed with this assessment of the 31-year-old’s performance as they gave him a six out of 10, commenting on his use of experience.

They said: “One of Chelsea’s more experienced players, he finally came to the fore when Ajax down to nine.” (Source: The Express)

Chelsea fans, what did you make of Willian’s performance? Let us know your thoughts!

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