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3 chances created, 4 tackles won: Chelsea ace was the unsung hero in win vs Leicester – Opinion

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Chelsea managed to grind out a hard-fought win over Premier League rivals Leicester in their most recent FA Cup match. 

The two locked horns in the battle for progression into the semi-finals and it looked like they could be heading for extra-time. After a goalless first half, Frank Lampard made three changes following the break, bringing on Cesar Azpilicueta, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley.

His decision to swap out Mason Mount for the former Everton midfielder proved to be an extremely smart one. Just after the hour mark, Barkley latched onto an inch-perfect cross and netted the only goal of the game and ultimately, Chelsea’s ticket into the next round.

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However, the man who pinged in the cross for the goal also deserves praise for his performance, especially looking further into his stats against the Foxes. As well as providing the match-winning assist, Willian put in a solid shift as both an attacker and seemingly a defender as well.

According to Fotmob, the Brazilian created the most chances out of anyone else in the game (3) and also completed the most tackles (4). He earned a rating of 8.2, which is a Man of the Match performance.

Willian also won 7/9 duels attempted and 2/3 successful crosses, one of which of course was the assist for Barkley (via Sofascore).

He now has five goal contributions in his last five games, including the winning penalty he netted to grab all three points from Manchester City on Thursday.

Although Willian’s departure from Stamford Bridge is all but confirmed, the 31-year-old is still giving everything for his current club.

How would you rate Willian’s performance against Leicester, Blues? Join the discussion in the comments below!


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