Chelsea attacker Willian has hailed the impact of manager Frank Lampard and believes he’s massively helped him on the pitch.
The 31-year-old previously played alongside Lampard as a teammate and is now being coached by him at Stamford Bridge this year.
He’s one of the senior figures in a young Blues dressing room this season and rediscovered his best form prior to the international break.
Willian has two goals and one assist in his last three Chelsea games across all competitions, while his overall impact has been top notch in recent weeks.
The Brazilian right-winger has always been great defensively with his tremendous work-rate, but his decision making has been better of late and he looks to have found some confidence.
He’s not always the most popular figure with supporters and has repaid faith in Lampard of late.
“A part of the performances I have had in the past couple of games I have to dedicate to him (Lampard). He always says to me ‘I want you to be happy’. That’s why I have been playing like I have been,” Willian told the club’s official website.
“I think our style of play has helped me, but not only that. The freedom he gives to us is important as well. I don’t have to stay on the right side. I can move around, I can move between the lines, I can move to the left side as well.
“I feel good playing in this way and that’s why I have been playing better and better. I hope to continue like this.”
Despite the amount of options available in the final third to Lampard, it looks like Willian has nailed his spot down in the team for now and will be looking to continue this weekend in the home clash against Newcastle United.
He can be an important player moving forward this season based on recent form and on his day can be a nightmare for defenders with his blistering pace.
A lot of attention has been on how Lampard has opened the door for academy players into the first-team, but it’s equally important he keeps the senior figures happy and Willian is certainly one of them in the current squad.