Willian eased the pressure on under-fire Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho last night as the Brazilian’s spectacular free-kick was enough to earn his team a crucial 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League.
It was set to be another night to forget for Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea players when Kiev’s Aleksandar Dragovic made amends for his earlier own goal with a crucial equaliser for the reigning Ukrainian champions in the 78th minute.
However, with time running out and Mourinho cutting an all too familiar sombre figure, Brazilian winger Willian powered in a remarkable free-kick right in the top corner to ensure that Chelsea claimed only their second win in their previous nine games in all competitions and keep their hopes of qualifying for the next round of the Champions League well and truly alive.
Failure to beat Dynamo Kiev would have left the struggling reigning English champions in serious danger of failing to make the last 16, but Willian’s heroics lifted them to second place in Group G and put qualification back in their own hands with fixtures against Maccabi Tel Aviv and Porto to come.
Despite the much needed victory against their less illustrious opponents, Chelsea were undoubtedly still well below their best but in desperate times for the club, Mourinho will no doubt be delighted with a result that will surely buy him more time to resolve the current crisis and get his team playing to the level of last season.
The scenes prior to kick-off saw the Chelsea manager being surrounded by photographers as he took his seat on the bench amidst the growing reports that he is set to be sacked. But while the outside world remains fascinated by his potential downfall, the 52-year-old’s approval rating is still high among Chelsea’s supporters, who loudly sung his name as he rose to his feet to respond with a wave.
In a season that has been nothing short of a nightmare for Chelsea fans, one of the very few positives has been the form of their Brazilian winger Willian who struck his fifth goal of the season in all competitions to see off the threat of Dynamo Kiev. Often praised for not only his prowess in attack, but also his willingness to get back and defend, the former Shakhtar Donetsk has really kicked on this season despite the signing of Pedro to prove himself as a key player at Stamford Bridge.
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