Gianfranco Zola has cleared up the plan for Chelsea's penalty vs Sheffield Wednesday


Chelsea fans simply loved Willian's classy exchange with Gonzalo Higuain before their spot kick against Sheffield Wednesday.

At the end of a dramatic few minutes of VAR controversy, Chelsea were awarded a stonewall penalty when Cesar Azpilicueta was felled in the area.

There was no need for the retrospective analysis that had so recently denied the Owls and Willian - who had scored in the shoot-out win over Tottenham - proceeded to pick up the ball.

The Brazilian has taken a number of penalties during his time at Stamford Bridge and initial coverage suggested normal service had resumed, with Willian proceeding to find the back of the net.

However, replays soon showed that Willian had originally offered the ball to Higuain, the very thing that Chelsea fans had started criticising him for not doing.

Chelsea 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday

The new footage gave everybody a fresh perspective on the penalty, though, and praise started to rain in for both players.

Supporters had respect for Willian offering the opportunity to Higuain and the new signing was lauded in turn for having the humility to rebuff the gesture.

In an interview with Chelsea TV after the match, Willian revealed that he made the offer in the hope that Higuain would score his first goal for the club.

Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday - FA Cup Fourth Round

Zola on Chelsea's penalty plan

Meanwhile, there is speculation that the Juventus loanee said 'no' because he wanted his new teammate to score his 50th goal for Chelsea.

But amidst all the rumours, assistant coach Gianfranco Zola has cleared up the situation by surprisingly revealing that Higuain was meant to take the penalty.

Speaking to talkSPORT after the match, he explained: “In the list, he [Higuain] was the first one to take the penalty.

“But they spoke to each other – sometimes this happens. It was a nice gesture from Willian.”

Now that really says a lot about Higuain.

You only need to look at the incident involving Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aboubakar Kamara earlier in the season to see the chaos that can be caused by penalty hierarchies.

Nevertheless, despite being the number one taker, Higuain had the humility to let Willian take the penalty, regardless of whether he was asked. 

Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday - FA Cup Fourth Round

The class with which both players handled the situation shows a real respect amongst the Chelsea squad and it seems all that praise on Twitter was justified.

Although you want your club's striker to be ruthless in front of goal, it would have been disappointing to see Higuain fighting to ensure he took the penalty as had been intended.

Of course, it would have been perfectly ok for Higuain to accept Willian's offer given the order, but Zola's new information shows he was even more humble than first thought.

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