Chelsea speed machine Willian will surely have been disappointed to see himself axed from the Brazil squad for upcoming matches against Saudi Arabia and Argentina in this international break.
The 30-year-old right-winger has 63 caps for the South American giants and has been a regular in the last couple of years for them.
But he’s remaining in West London for the next two weeks and in the long run his internatonal snub could be a blessing in disguise.
Willian has had an extremely busy schedule since the start of the season, making 12 appearances across all competitions already for Chelsea and has had no time to rest and recover.
The pacy attacker has become a regular under manager Maurizio Sarri and has the incredible work-rate in his game to fit the Italian’s style of play perfectly.
However, he is in direct competition with teammate Pedro for the starting XI spot on the right wing and a rest over the next couple of weeks will give him a chance to recharge his batteries.
Willian has been directly involved in five goals so far this campaign, but continues to get in threatening positions and is capable of producing a much better output.
Eden Hazard is proving that Sarri’s system gets the best out of Chelsea’s more attacking players and Willian needs to aim for 10-plus goals this season.
The Blues return to action against Manchester United after the international break and it would be no surprise to see Willian back to his scintillating best after some valuable time off.