‘I feel good playing in this way’ – Willian explains Frank Lampard’s role in Chelsea form | Football | Sport


Chelsea handed Frank Lampard the reins to his former club after Maurizio Sarri decided to join Juventus in the summer, and Willian is happy working with him.

The Brazilian played alongside Lampard at Stamford Bridge between 2013 and 2014, and has revealed that he tipped his former colleague to make the leap into coaching.

Willian said: “It’s a bit weird he is my boss now, but I am very happy to work with him again.

“He has given me the confidence to play. He wants me to be happy.

“He was an intelligent player, one of the best in his position. A quality player.

“When you see players like him you can say maybe in the future, he can become a manager.

“A part of the performances I have had in the past couple of games I have to dedicate to him.”

Willian, 31, has now made more than 300 appearances for the Blues since joining from Anzhi Makhachkala seven years ago, and has outlined why he is feeling good about the future.

The Brazilian added: “He [Lampard] always says to me ‘I want you to be happy’.

“That’s why I have been playing like I have been.

“I think our style of play has helped me, but not only that. The freedom he gives to us is important as well.

“I don’t have to stay on the right side. I can move around, I can move between the lines, I can move to the left side as well.

“I feel good playing in this way and that’s why I have been playing better and better.

“I hope to continue like this.”

Chelsea are currently fifth in the Premier League table after winning four of their eight outings, and will be hoping to move into the top four with a win over Newcastle on Saturday (3pm).


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