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Willian's Chelsea performance against FC Porto gives fans reason to stay positive

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Following yet another disappointing result, this time in Europe, it's difficult to find positives from Chelsea's game with Porto at the Estádio da Dragão on Tuesday.

Manager Jose Mourinho, in a bid to get his team back on track after the draw with Newcastle last weekend, rang a host of changes throughout the tea, handing starts to John Obi Mikel, Willian and Ramires after their impressive performances against the Magpies.

Diego Costa also returned to the team following his ban in England, whilst talisman Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic were left on the bench, with little complaints from either due to their woeful performances of late.

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Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy, on the other hand, didn't even make the trip to Portugal, justifying Mourinho's ruling in his pre-match conference that there were no 'untouchables' in his side.

Despite the changes made, though, Chelsea still slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Mourinho's former employers, proving to be a miserable return for the Portuguese to a city where he is held in such regard.

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However, in a match where each of Chelsea's key players failed to raise their game once more, one player stood head and shoulders above the rest.

That player was Willian. The Brazil international has now scored three goals in his last three games for Chelsea - the same goal tally he recorded last season.

The dynamic forward looked to be Chelsea's most threatening outlet when going forward and even tracked back and defended well when perhaps it wasn't his job to do so.

His impressive efforts were crowned with beautiful strike to bring the Blues level before the half time interval. 

In an otherwise disappointing performance, Willian's display should at least give Chelsea fans some joy in this gloomy period. The 27-year-old has been a consistent player under Mourinho, and even despite his creative talents and work ethic has been unable to make the right-wing position his own.

Now, though, it seems that Willian is ready to secure his place in Chelsea's starting XI ahead of the likes of Oscar and Pedro.

If Willian can retain this new-found goalscoring form and even improve upon it as the season progresses - something that has been missing in the past - then contemplate for a moment how devastating an attack Chelsea could boast if Costa, Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Matic and Oscar are able to emulate their form from last season.

Wouldn't it just be glorious, Chelsea fans?

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