One goal, one assist, four key passes: Chelsea's Willian dazzles in Europe


Willian proved his value to Chelsea in Tuesday night's 5-0 Champions League win over Schalke with an excellent display.

Chelsea qualified for the Champions League knockout phase with a group match to spare on Tuesday night after an emphatic 5-0 victory over Roberto Di Matteo's Schalke side in Gelsenkirchen.

The Blues took the lead in just the second minute when John Terry headed home a corner and their superiority was clear from that point onward, with their attacking talent too much for the German outfit.

Willian finished a fantastic team move to double their advantage just before the half-hour, before Schalke's Jan Kirchhoff headed into his own net from a Chelsea corner with a minute left before the break.

Jose Mourinho's side continued to push in the second half, and made it 4-0 with 15 minutes to go when Willian teed up substitute Didier Drogba to fire home from close range, before fellow replacement Ramires sealed the scoreline moments later.

  GoalsTotal ShotsAssistsTotal Key PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyDuels WonDuel SuccessTotal DribblesDribble SuccessMins Played
Willian 1 1 1 4 56 88% 6 66.67% 5 80% 90

Willian, in particular, was excellent on the night, providing a consistent attacking outlet on the flank with his pace and drive, as Schalke’s defence struggled to contain the diminutive Brazilian.

Grabbing his second goal in 17 games this season, the 18-times capped international hasn’t been prolific during his time at Stamford Bridge, but there’s no doubt that he’s proved a integral part of the club’s successful start to the 2014-15 campaign.

Signed from Shakhtar Donetsk from under Tottenham Hotspur’s noses in August 2013 for around £32 million, he was labelled a luxury signing by many at the time, but now appears to have silenced those claims for good.

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