No shots, no dribbles - What was wrong with Chelsea star in win vs Hull City?


Chelsea attacking midfielder Willian had an extremely quiet game in the 2-0 victory over Hull City.

Chelsea attacking midfielder Willian had one of his most ineffectual games of the season as the Blues defeated struggling Hull City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian international may not have the flair or trickery of fellow midfielders Oscar and Hazard, but his resilience and hard-work have allowed him to become a key cog for the Blues.

Ahead of the 2014/15 season, the 26-year-old vowed to build on his fantastic defensive attributes by becoming a force in the final third by means of goals, assists and an added touch of Brazilain flair.

Yet, in the comfortable victory over the Tigers, the former Anzhi Makhachkala star was anything but as he appeared laboured throughout in a mediocre individual display.

  GoalsShotsKey PassesDribbles CompletedTouchesAccurate PassesPoss Won Att 3rdDispossessedMins Played
Willian 0 0 1 0 56 30 0 2 80

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Willian contributed very little in the final third before being replaced by Andre Schurrle with ten minutes remaining.

He failed to register any shots of note, didn’t look to take on the defenders with the ball at his feet and his passing seemed off – making just 30 accurate passes while on the pitch.

The Stamford Bride favourite did however make one key pass, though he rarely looked threatening and even struggled to replicate his renowned defensive traits by failing to win the ball back in the final third.

His substitution didn’t come as a surprise to many in the ground, and his replacement Andre Schurrle may now feel he has a good chance of replacing the Brazilian for the upcoming League Cup quarter-final tie.

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