Before this season, nobody really considered Chelsea star Willian to be a free-kick expert.
However, the Brazilian has scored an incredible seven goals directly from free-kicks this campaign, including four in Chelsea’s six Champions League matches.
So what does he put his magnificent free-kick ability down to? Practice is obviously important but he warns that it’s vital that you don’t overdo it.
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"It's an important thing to practice. Training is always important. Not to train too much, but during the day, take four or five shots here and there,” Willian said in an interview with UEFA.
"That helps you quite a lot in a real match and gives you the chance to score.
"When the time comes in a match it's about concentration, watching the goalkeeper as well, and looking at the posture of the goalkeeper, trying to hit it right."
In December, Eden Hazard claimed that the Chelsea players had given Willian the nickname William Beckham, claiming that he’s as good as former England captain David Beckham from a dead-ball situation.
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/j8myxTDoXgs
And Willian admitted that Beckham is one of the two free-kick takers he idolised.
"There are some players I always watched – various players who I knew hit the ball well,” he said.
"Ronaldinho and David Beckham, they took free-kicks and took them very well, so there are some players I always try to follow and to learn important things from so that I am able to score goals."
Chelsea’s caretaker boss Guus Hiddink will be hoping that Willian can resume his brilliant free-kick record in the Champions League when they face PSG in the first leg of their last-16 clash next week.
Willian has been one of very few positives for the Blues during their disappointing season. Without his eight goals, Chelsea may be much closer to the relegation zone with them currently sitting in 13th position, seven points clear of the drop zone.
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