Chelsea fans react on Twitter to Willian performance v Crystal Palace

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Chelsea beat Crystal Palace yesterday ... how did Willian perform?

Football is a funny old game and while statistically it would look as if Chelsea were well on top v Crystal Palace yesterday the reality is far from that - this was a tough game in which Palace could have come away with a point from Stamford Bridge.

But throughout the game one Chelsea player who certainly caught the eye once again was Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian Borges da Silva.

Willian got the nod for this game ahead of Andre Schurrle and Oscar - as Jose Mourinho continues to rotate his team throughout this busy festive schedule.

And the 25-year-old once again did not disappoint. He has recently begun to show the obvious quality he possesses that commands a £10 million transfer fee, and yesterday was no different.

He was tidy in possession with a 91% passing accuracy and was also dangerous from the flank - firing in two accurate crosses from his three attempts. He also his seven long balls, and six of them were accurate - he was certainly a damaging player on the day.

But for all his offensive qualities it was once again his defensive ability that seemed to make him stand out.

The attacking midfielder is just a little bundle of energy, covering every blade of grass possible in yet another rampaging display.

He also had the shot at goal that led to Fernando Torres opening the scoring.

His five tackles in the game was only bettered by right-back Cesar Azpilicueta and his three interceptions also not too shabby.

In fact I saw one Twitter user refer to his statistics as those a ‘defensive midfielder would have been proud of’ and they were certainly there or thereabouts to the figures of his Brazilian compatriot, the combative Ramires.

When you compare his defensive work rate to that of Juan Mata you can see why Willian is more of a ‘Mourinho-player’.

The Spaniard made just one tackle and rarely harried his opponent into a mistake. Fair enough, that isn’t his game, but it shows why Mourinho is not so keen on the player.

Mata was hauled off after 62 minutes, where as Willian was taken off for a deserved rest after 82.

Although not all Blues fans were impressed. Some still don't see the appeal in the attacker - and consider his defensive responsibilities irrelevant.

Here is some of the reaction on Twitter to his performance...

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