Chelsea's £30m man performs brilliantly but left frustrated by those around him.
Sunderland pulled off the unthinkable last night, putting a strong Chelsea side out of the league cup. At the end of the game, there were clear signs of frustration in the Chelsea camp after 19 created chances produced nothing other than a Lee Cattermole own goal.
In what was a thoroughly entertaining game at the Stadium of Light, Chelsea edged their opponents in almost every single way bar the scoreline. 40 shots and 1333 passes were shared between the two sides, with Chelsea having the lion's share of both. 22 shots and 704 passes were not enough for the West London side to win the game, leaving manager Jose Mourinho frustrated once again at the attacking threat his side carries.
A Lee Cattermole own-goal seconds after the second half restart, was Chelsea's only bit of luck in front of goal all night. This was later followed up by strikes from Liverpool striker Fabio Borini and Ki Sung-Yeung to turn the game on its head and send Sunderland through into a shock semi-final draw.
Despite the defeat, there were a few positives were able to draw out from the game, and none more so than Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian.
The £30m signing from Anzhi worked tirelessly to try and put Chelsea back into the game, but in the end was left frustrated around him.
The Brazilian was one of the busiest players on the pitch, only second to Jon Obi Mikel on touches of the ball in the game.
However the most impressive part of his game was his incredible array of passes that constantly caused havoc for the Sunderland defence. 90 passes were made by Willian in the game with a 93% accuracy to add. This was 65 more passes than team-mate Andre Schurrle and with a better pass accuracy.
The most important passing statistic was the chances created statistic, of which he managed five. An unprecedented amount for one game, and should underline the player's frustration after the game.
Chelsea are now out of the League Cup and despite 'not being a priority' it must of hurt in the manner they lost the game. However, on the bright side, it looks like Chelsea have the makings of a future star in their ranks.
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