Chelsea boss Mourinho sets Willian vital second season target


Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian has been told to improve in one key area next season.

Chelsea’s £32million signing from Anzhi Makhachkala has been one of the Blues’ highlights so far this season.

The 25-year-old Brazilian play-maker was given a rough ride at the beginning of the season, and Jose Mourinho’s choice to select Willian over Juan Mata could not have been an easy decision.

As the season has gone on, Willian has proved to be one of Mourinho’s top performers. His defensive and tactical work has helped create a balanced team which excels in both attacking and defensive roles.

One aspect which has not been glowing for Willian, however, is the amount of goals scored in comparison to what Mata offered.

The Spanish international scored 12 Premier League goals last season, whereas Willian - despite getting on the score-sheet against Stoke City - has only managed three in 15 starts since joining the club.

In a recent interview, the former Anzhi star admitted the need to improve his quality and finishing touch in the final third.

He said: "I feel I could score more goals and set up more goals for other people. I am happy with what I have done this season, but I still think I could do more for Chelsea."

Mourinho was eager to praise him after an impressive all-round performance during Chelsea's 3-0 victory over the Potters. However, the self-proclaimed Special One feels a player of his quality should score more goals and it’s an area he must improve in next season.

He told the official Chelsea site:The goal was really good but I think a player with his quality, that gives so much to the team, not just in possession but in the defensive work and balance of the team, I want to see him score more goals. He has to do that in the second season, he has to bring his game into other levels.”

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