Willian’s wonderful time at Chelsea has come to an end after the winger announced on August 9, 2020, that he is leaving the club after seven years.
Willian had a sterling career at Stamford Bridge, regardless of the few difficult moments that he experienced.
The fact is that his brilliant moments for Chelsea massively outweighs the bad moments.
As he is leaving the West London club, we would like to look at a few of those memorable moments that Willan had while in blue.
Here are five of Willian’s best moments at Chelsea:
1. Premier League Debut Strike (2013)
39 days after signing for Chelsea, Willian made his Premier League debut against Norwich City. The Brazilian came off the bench in the 81st minute, with the score tied at 1-1 and a matter of minutes left to play at Carrow Road.
Eden Hazard soon put the Blues in front. Though not long after, the ball fell to Willian on the edge of the box, firing his first-time shot right into the top corner. A statement introduction to life in England.
2. Last-minute stunner against Everton (2015)
One of Willian’s most iconic moments at the Bridge came in 2015, with a league clash against Everton heading for a goalless draw. Willian drilled a shot hard into the bottom corner, sealing the win with a minute left on the clock.
It was a massive three points for Chelsea, who went on to win their fifth league title that season. Willian played a key part in their title charge, playing 36 of the 38 league games.
3. FA Cup Semi-Final Masterclass (2017)
Perhaps one of Willian’s best performances in blue came in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham. The rivalry was already prevalent after the Brazilian rejected a move to Spurs, giving birth to the iconic Stamford Bridge chant which claims, “he hates Tottenham”.
Willian scored a piercing free-kick in front of the Tottenham fans, before coolly tucking away a penalty past Hugo Lloris. Chelsea went on to win the match 4-2, but fell victim to fellow London rivals Arsenal in the final.
4. UCL Goal against Barcelona (2018)
Chelsea met Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 in 2018, hosting the first leg at Stamford Bridge. With the game goalless and the ball once again falling to the feet of Willian, he controlled it, took a touch out and guided it into the bottom corner.
The celebrations and atmosphere around the Bridge was electric, jubilation across west London with a beautiful goal.
Lionel Messi struck to level it up though, before Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win in the return fixture at the Camp Nou.
5. Deadly Tottenham Double (2019)
Willian bowed out in style in his final start for Chelsea against Tottenham. Making their first visit of the 2019/20 season to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Brazilian scored a sumptuous goal into the bottom corner, before dispatching an ice cool penalty past Lloris. Sound familiar?
Willian’s brace was decisive, as Chelsea won 2-0 in an outstanding derby display. It was one of Willian’s many beautiful, emotional and thrilling goals for Chelsea, in what has been a wonderful seven years at Stamford Bridge.
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