Everything Willian touched against Hull City turned to gold.
Across the last two seasons, the Brazilian has frustrated Chelsea fans with his inconsistency – delivering stellar performances one week, only to disappear into the background the next. At Stamford Bridge on Friday night, though, he was playing at the top of his game.
It took just 106 seconds for the 29-year-old to break the deadlock in the FA Cup tie, defying David Marshall with a beautifully sculpted left-footed finish.
Half an hour later, after Pedro bagged himself a goal, Willian doubled his tally for the afternoon by finding the net from 25 yards after a sweet one-two with Olivier Giroud.
That’s not to mention the fact he was only denied a first career hat-trick by Stamford Bridge’s woodwork, on his way to the Man of the Match award.
Willian unnerves David Meyler before his penalty
It wasn’t just his fine dribbling and ruthless finishing that attracted plaudits from Chelsea fans, though, but a rather cheeky moment with David Meyler before his penalty for Hull.
The Tigers vastly improved in the second-half and earned themselves a spot kick which Meyler stepped up to take, only for Willy Caballero to beat away his effort.
The Irishman had been unnerved by having to re-place the ball on the spot but also by Willian with the TV cameras narrowly missing what the Chelsea winger said to his rival.
With Caballero making the save, it certainly worked and the cameras picked up a brazen grin from Willian as Meyler wheeled away from his missed opportunity.
Nevertheless, the man himself did reveal exactly what he said to Meyler after the game even if the TV coverage arrived two seconds too late. For a player who seems so humble, like Willian, it’s certainly cheeky.
Willian reveals what he said to Meyler
Per BeIN Sport, Willian revealed: “I told him ‘no pressure, no pressure!’
“I told him ‘you’re going to lose’ and ‘you’re gonna make a mistake,’ and he said ‘shut up, shut up!'”
It’s fair to say Willian’s goading declined with each comment. We’re not quite sure that Meyler was under the impression his penalty would spark a dramatic Hull comeback.
It clearly worked, though, and Meyler’s pleads for him to quiet down are evidence enough.
The Irishman will certainly lament the missed opportunity when he returns home tonight but, ultimately, Hull were out of the game in the first two minutes. You’d be mistaken for thinking Willian was playing tricks on them all night.
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