WILLIAN has claimed he is back to his best for Chelsea after losing his place in Antonio Conte’s starting XI.
Willian was given compassionate leave by the club following the death of his mother last month and has since struggled to regain his place in the side.
Pedro has stepped into the breach and has been in fine form for Chelsea, scoring three goals and providing five assists this term.
However, Willian impressed in the 3-1 win over Manchester City, coming off the bench to score the Blues’ second goal.
And the 28-year-old has claimed he is now back to his best and was delighted to help Chelsea get the win over title rivals City.
“I feel good now,” Willian said.
“There have been difficult moments for me and my family and it’s good for me and for the team to go on the pitch again, to score a goal and to help my team-mates.
“It’s always difficult to play here, but we came with a great mentality to play this game.
“The first half was difficult, but in the second half we played more confidently.
“We did well with and without the ball, and we scored goals. That’s always good for us.”
And Willian was full of praise for team-mate Diego Costa after the match who assisted his goal – his third of the season.
“It was a great ball, there was space and Diego made a great assist for me and I finished well,” he added.
The Brazil international has made 11 appearances in all competitions for the Blues this season.