The Brazilian captained the Blues to victory at Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard’s men made it six wins in a row in the Premier League.
Willian set up Tammy Abraham for Chelsea FC’s opener in the game and he played the full 90 minutes as the Blues continued their impressive top-flight form under Lampard.
The 31-year-old has scored two goals and made three assists in the Premier League this season and Lampard will be looking to Willian to provide some much needed experience in amongst his otherwise young team.
BBC Sport pundit Crooks was hugely impressed by what he saw from Willian on Saturday and singled him out for special praise in his weekly column.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Crooks said: “What a clever move by Frank Lampard to make Willian captain.
“The Brazilian is now an elder statesman at Stamford Bridge and the perfect candidate to bring the Chelsea youngsters through.
“He is also the best player in the team and can command the respect of some very talented but inexperienced young players.
“The flick on the edge of the Crystal Palace box to open up the space for Tammy Abraham to score was just wonderful. He’s not a screamer either. Thank goodness the game has dispensed with the screamers.”
Chelsea FC will return to Premier League action after the international break when they travel to face defending champions Manchester City on 23 November.
The Blues are aiming to make it seven wins in a row in the Premier League, while Manchester City will be aiming to bounce back from their 3-1 loss to Liverpool FC on Sunday.
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