Eden Hazard has revealed what he told Willian shortly before he fired Chelsea ahead against Barcelona in the Champions League.
On 62 minutes, Brazilian forward Willian broke the deadlock at Stamford Bridge with a crisp strike past Barca goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen.
Willian’s strike – which was cancelled out by Lionel Messi 13 minutes later – came after he hit the post twice in the first half.
And Hazard said: ‘I said to him [Willian] that he needed to shoot in the goal and not try to touch the post.
‘I said that to him in the first half and you saw in the second half he scored the goal. I’m happy for him, he played really well.
‘He’s a top player and he showed that.’
Chelsea impressed in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash but Messi’s goal – his first against the Blues – gave the visitors a crucial advantage ahead of the return leg next month.
‘[We need to be] more than perfect,’ Hazard said, looking ahead to Chelsea’s trip to the Nou Camp.
‘We want to keep a clean sheet, for sure, and we will need to score if we want to go through.
‘We have three weeks to be ready for the game and we will give everything.’ Frank Lampard, the former Chelsea and England midfielder, heaped praise on Willian after Tuesday’s match but urged the Brazilian to produce performances of similar quality more regularly.
‘He was excellent, he was the man,’ the Blues legend told BT Sport. ‘We were all looking at Hazard pre-game but I think Willian was the man tonight.
‘He was unlucky with both of his strikes in the first-half. He showed Barcelona what he can do which is to shift to his right foot which we saw twice with a couple of sighters and on the third time he buries it.
‘It was an absolutely fantastic goal from him.’ Manager Antonio Conte, meanwhile, said his side’s performance was close to perfection against Barcelona, with only an individual mistake from Andreas Christensen letting the team down.
‘I think we were close to playing the perfect performance,’ the former Italy boss said. ‘We did one mistake but we know very well against these opponents and players like Messi, Iniesta and Suarez, if you make a mistake you pay.
‘It is a pity and we are disappointed with the final result. I think we played a really good game and I must be pleased because my players gave a great effort and they followed the plan we prepared.
‘In Barcelona we must be prepared to suffer together but at the same time when we suffer we must continue to try and get the chances to score.’