Willian: ‘Chelsea confidence is growing’

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Willian says the belief in the Chelsea squad is slowly returning after snatching a late win against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday night in the Champions League.

The Brazil international scored with a superb free-kick in the 83rd minute to hand the Blues a 2-1 victory and provide a massive boost to their hopes of qualifying.

Chelsea have now moved to second in the group, two points ahead of Kiev, and the pressure has been slightly lifted off the shoulders of manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese has endured a dreadful start to the club’s Premier League title defence and the team are languishing down in 15th place in the table, having lost six of their 11 matches.

But Willian, who been one of the rare positives this season, says the midweek success has provided a massive confidence boost and he hopes it can start a winning run.

“Confidence is coming for us and the results are coming as well,” he told chelseafc.com. “We have to keep going and keep fighting on the pitch.

“We lost some games and it’s been difficult for us but we are trying to play better. We know we have to improve more and keep going in the same way.”

Chelsea travel to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday to take on Stoke City and the visitors will be hoping to avenge their recent League Cup penalty shoot-out defeat.

Jonathan Walters and Loic Remy were both on the scoresheet that night before Belgium international Eden Hazard missed the crucial spot-kick.

Mark Hughes’ side are 3.75 to pick up three points at home, a draw is priced at 3.40 while Mourinho’s men are favourites at 2.05.

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