BBC Sport pundit rates 31-year-old Chelsea FC star’s display at Spurs

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks gives his verdict on Willian's performance in Chelsea FC's 2-0 win over Spurs on Sunday

Chelsea FC forward Willian (Photo: Willian / Instagram)
Chelsea FC forward Willian (Photo: Willian / Instagram)

Garth Crooks has praised Willian for producing “one hell of a performance” in Chelsea FC’s 2-0 win against 10-man Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday evening.

The Brazil international rolled back the years with an commanding display in midfield to help Frank Lampard’s side secure a vital win in their pursuit of a top-four finish.

Willian broke the deadlock in the 12th minute when he exposed Serge Aurier’s weaknesses as a defender before the Chelsea FC star finished into the far post.

The 31-year-old doubled the west London side’s advantage on the stroke of half-time when Willian found the net from the penalty spot.

Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga was adjudged to have brought down Marcos Alonso after a VAR check – and Willian was emphatic with his spot-kick.

South Korea international Son Heung-min was sent off in the second half after a clash with Chelsea FC centre-half Antonio Rudiger.

Former Spurs forward Crooks was impressed with Willian’s key performance for Lampard’s side in their 2-0 win in the London derby.

“If Tottenham against Chelsea had been a boxing match, it would have been over long before round 12. Spurs hardly laid a glove on Chelsea in the first half and it didn’t get much better in the second,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“Willian scored two brilliantly taken goals, one a candidate for goal of the month and the other a penalty that was never in doubt once it was clear he was taking it.

“This was one hell of a performance by the Brazil international. Quite what goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga was doing when he charged into Marcos Alonso like a raging bull I will never know. Whatever the reason, it certainly sealed Tottenham’s fate.”

Chelsea FC are in fourth position in the Premier League table after restoring their four-point cushion in fourth place.

The Blues will take on Southampton in their next Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Gary Neville
Gary Neville states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Tottenham
Frank Lampard
'Incredible': Peter Crouch salutes Chelsea FC star Mason Mount after win at Rennes
Frank Lampard
Craig Burley predicts where Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur will finish
Mason Mount
Cesc Fabregas sends message to Chelsea FC star during 2-1 win at Rennes
Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand: Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe is a 'beautiful footballer'
Gary Neville
Gary Neville states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Tottenham
Frank Lampard
'Incredible': Peter Crouch salutes Chelsea FC star Mason Mount after win at Rennes
Frank Lampard
Craig Burley predicts where Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur will finish
Mason Mount
Cesc Fabregas sends message to Chelsea FC star during 2-1 win at Rennes
Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand: Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe is a 'beautiful footballer'
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature