Danny Murphy reacts to Willian’s display in Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Tottenham

The former Spurs midfielder heaps praise on Willian for his performance in the FA Cup semi-final

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Danny Murphy heaped praise on Willian for his influential performance in Chelsea’s FA Cup win against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

The Brazil international was handed a starting spot ahead of PFA player of the year nominee Eden Hazard for the last-four clash at the home of English football.

And Willian, who is looking to win the FA Cup for the first time, rewarded his manager’s faith with a free-kick in the opening five minutes to edge Chelsea into a first-half lead.

Harry Kane levelled the semi-final clash with a deft header before the South American forward restored Chelsea’s 2-1 lead from the penalty spot before half-time.

Speaking to BBC Sport about Willian’s performance at Wembley, former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Murphy said:

“There’s a freshness about them, especially Willian.

“He’s a fantastic player anyway. It’s only because of Pedro’s form and Eden Hazard that he’s not been playing.”

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Dele Alli levelled the cup clash with a powerful header after Christian Eriksen’s cross.

Chelsea are four points clear of Tottenham in the title race.

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