Official News Team of chelseafc.com got a grab of swift Brazilian midfielder Willian ahead of our Sunday Clash against Tottenham Hotspur for the Final of Capital One Cup at Wembley. Willian will be playing his maiden final after joining Chelsea and will be striding on Wembley for the first time.
Excerpts of the official Interview:
‘We have confidence going into the game,’ he says. ‘When I came here I dreamed about playing in finals and having the opportunity to win trophies. Myself and my team-mates are playing for the first trophy of the season, it’s my first final, I’m living out my dream and we want to make sure we win the match.’
‘As a child my dream was to play at the Maracana. Growing up in Brazil I’d seen so many famous players involved in matches at the stadium from a young age, so that was always my dream.’
‘When I moved to Europe and started to understand more about European football and the different stadiums, I then started dreaming of playing at Wembley. It’s something which has developed over the years and now I’m really looking forward to playing there.’
He represented Shakhtar Donetsk back in 2009 when they played the 2009 UEFA Cup final against Werder Bremen. That was probably his biggest final in his club career. He also put light on those memories.
‘That was the biggest final I’ve played in my career, and the most important trophy I’ve won,’ he says. ‘I was 19 at the time, almost 20, and it was a great experience for me.’
‘We beat Werder Bremen 2-1 after extra-time and I have so many happy memories from that night. It kind of marked me out as a player for the first time and it’s definitely one of my proudest moments.’
Talking about the two legged Semi-final match against Liverpool in this Capital One Cup, he said,
‘Those two games were very tough and I, along with the rest of the team, was very happy to reach the final. Chelsea v Liverpool is a classic fixture and to win the tie, especially after two legs, was very gratifying. They were probably the hardest games of the season and there was a lot of relief in the dressing room after we had won.’
‘It was very pleasing for me to set up the winning goal. It’s always good if you can provide an important assist for one of your team-mates, I managed to do that and Ivanovic scored a great goal to win us the game.’
About his land back in Brazil and his family, he says, ‘My wife and children will be at the game but they obviously live here with me, I don’t have any family coming over.’
‘But, in Brazil it will generate a lot of interest, firstly because it’s a final, and also because it’s Chelsea against Tottenham. It’s two big teams going up against each other so there will be many people watching the game.’
We wish him and our beloved team All the Best for the finals!! KTBFFH!!!