Willian pinpoints why Chelsea are struggling to be consistent

The Brazilian forward admits Chelsea are finding it difficult to defend Premier League title

Chelsea star Willian Photo: Sure

Willian has admitted Chelsea are finding it tough to defend their title because every team wants to beat the Premier League champions.

The Blues won their second title in three seasons but first under Antonio Conte last term after finishing seven points clear of their closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea won the Premier League crown with two games to spare after Michy Batshuayi scored a late winner in a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion back in May.

Willian started 15 games and made 19 appearances from the bench during their title-winning campaign as he produced eight goals and two assists in a stop-start season.

The Brazilian has continued to struggle to tie down a regular place in Conte’s starting line-up this term despite the Blues producing some inconsistent performances.

The title holders have already lost to Burnley and Crystal Palace, while Premier League leaders Manchester City were 1-0 winners at Stamford Bridge last month.

And Willian believes Chelsea are finding it tough to cope with the increased performance levels of their Premier League opponents this term.

“It is difficult to play when you were champions last season and to fight for the title again as every team wants to win against Chelsea,” Willian told BBC’s Football Focus.

Willian has only started six times in Chelsea’s 12 games in the Premier League so far, and he was again a substitute in the 4-0 win over West Brom on Saturday.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder has won two Premier League titles with Chelsea.

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