Antonio Conte sends message to Chelsea fans about Willian

The Chelsea manager heaps praise on Brazil midfielder Willian after the 4-2 FA Cup win over Tottenham

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Antonio Conte has spoken of his delight at seeing Willian have a decisive impact on Chelsea’s 4-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final.

The Brazil international was handed a starting spot ahead of Eden Hazard for the trip to Wembley after the Chelsea number 10 struggled during their 2-0 loss to Manchester United in the Premier League.

Willian rewarded his manager’s faith with the opening goal in the last-four clash after the 28-year-old fired a powerful free-kick past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Chelsea were presented a chance to restore their lead after Harry Kane’s equaliser when Son Heung-min brought down Victor Moses in Lloris’ penalty area before half-time.

And Willian stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick and give Chelsea a 2-1 lead before Hazard and Nemanja Matic wrapped up a 4-2 win following Dele Alli’s second-half goal.

Speaking at his post-match media conference about Willian’s performance in the FA Cup semi-final, Chelsea manager Conte said:

“I am pleased for Willian because he showed to be in good form and for him this season was not easy for many reasons.”

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Chelsea are four points clear of their closest Premier League title rivals Tottenham.

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