Willian gem sinks Newcastle as Chelsea cement fourth place


Newcastle have now lost 10 in a row away to the division's established top six, but they put up a good fight in West London, levelling up through Ciaran Clark after Pedro opened the scoring, only for Willian to win the match for Chelsea.

However, Sarri might turn down the offer just as he reportedly did to Barcelona's player-plus-cash move for the Brazilian during the week.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was equally keen for Willian to remain a member of his squad, especially as he is deploying Eden Hazard as a striker.

Despite an impressive performance in the midweek defeat to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semifinal, Chelsea Maurizio Sarri opted to leave Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoi on the bench.

Willian has been with the Blues since the summer of 2013 and during the past five-and-a-half seasons, he has contributed 49 goals from 268 appearances for the club. "I need an option for Jorginho".

"If we work and play with the same passion, intensity and work rate, we will definitely have chances to get points against a lot of teams".

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The former Napoli manager responded similarly to talk Willian potential exit in an interview with Sky Sports, claiming: "You know very well that Willian is a very important player. I can not do anything more". [Hudson-Odoi] is becoming for us a really important player. "He's a fundamental player - he has to stay with us".

"Today wasn't the difficulty, we didn't face that".

"We slept for 25 minutes and then we were in trouble".

The Brazil global curled home his first goal since Ocotber to seal a 2-1 win over Newcastle and send Chelsea six points clear of Arsenal in the race for fourth place ahead of next weekend's London derby at the Emirates.

Sarri added: "With Eden as a striker we need wingers". We did well as a team and were good in many parts of the game but in the final third they made the difference.

"But next week, when we're playing against a team who are in and around us, they're the ones where we definitely need to be picking the points up".