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Willian insists Chelsea are 'strong enough' to win Champions League

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Chelsea winger Willian believes the Blues have what it takes to go through all the way in order to claim a European triumph this season.

Despite the lacklustre domestic campaign, the Premier League champions have had a strong showing in Champions League finishing the initial stage of the competition at the top of their group, overhauling Dynamo Kyiv, Porto and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Willian was the only player from the west Londoners to feature in the UEFA Best XI from this year’s group stages, after scoring five goals in seven outings with a pass success rate of 81%, as per WhoScored.com.

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DAUNTING TASK

Chelsea face Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the round-of-16 clash next Wednesday and will be hoping to overturn a 2-1 deficit to progress further in the tournament.

Goal.com quoted the Brazilian international saying: “I think we can win it. It will be difficult because there are so many good teams. We have to think about Wednesday first and then step by step we can go to the final.”

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He admits there will always be high expectations while playing for Chelsea and all players in the squad are aware of it.

“There is always pressure at Chelsea to win titles, we know that. We have to concentrate for this game.”

The 27-year-old is of the opinion that the club owes some success to interim boss Guus Hiddink for the work he has done since coming in late last year.

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He added: “To give Guus one title will be great for us and for him, so we will try to give him one trophy to go with. It’s the biggest game of the season. We know that. We have to show our quality in the game. It will be difficult for us, but I think we can win.”

EVEN CONTEST

The French giants have much more depth in their squad and are favourites to overcome the Premier League champions, but Willian considers both teams equal in terms of quality.

“We have great quality, they have as well. Games like this are 50/50. They can win, we can win, but on Wednesday from the beginning, we have to show them what we want.”

“We are more confident because we play at home. I think we can do that. It will be difficult but we can qualify.”

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CAPTAIN OUT

The Dutch manager has, however, confirmed that John Terry would not make the cut for the European fixture midweek as he is still recovering from the hamstring strain suffered last month, as reported by ESPN.

Hiddink disclosed the news last weekend saying: “I don’t think John will make Wednesday. There has not been enough development to put him on the list.”

He has further reiterated the injury is not severe but as he still not fully fit, the 69-year-old does not want to risk him ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final game against Everton on Saturday.

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UEFA Champions League
Premier League
Paris Saint-Germain
Frank Lampard
Willian
Ligue 1
Didier Drogba
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Chelsea

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