Chelsea winger Wilian has lifted the lid on the Blues’ dressing room secrets, from revealing who’s been the most impressive player in training to who’s the resident DJ to who’s the joker in the squad and much more.
In a Q&A with the club website, Willian opened up on life at Stamford Bridge and Cobham.
“Everyone has been training well but I would say Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have been very good. They both bring a lot of quality to the team,” the Brazilian responded when asked who have been the most impressive players in training since new coach Maurizio Sarri took over.
Jorginho, the marquee signing of the summer, has impressed many of his new teammates despite having arrived in the English capital recently.
Big things are expected of Kovacic as well, but the Croatian midfielder is still not fit enough to start after his World Cup exertions.
“Maybe David Luiz, he’s crazy enough to be a goalkeeper. If we had to put an outfield player in goal during a game I’m sure he would nominate himself. I know John Terry did that in a game before I joined the club,” Willian opined on the topic of who which outfield player would fancy their chances of keeping in goal.
David Luiz’s name popped up again when Willian was asked whether any defenders saw themselves as strikers as he stated, “Again, David Luiz. He used to play as a midfielder when he was younger, but he was quite attacking, so I think he would be good up front.”
And of course, the Brazilian connection came to the fore when Willian was quizzed about his travelling partner for away games.
“I sit with David Luiz because I’ve known him since I was eight so we are very close, we have a great relationship. We play games such as Fortnite and I enjoy reading as well, then I pray before I go to bed.”
Despite having a plethora of Brazilians at the club, Willian revealed that the control of the music console in the dressing room was in the hands of a German defender: Antonio Rudiger.
Experienced defenders like Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta are the ones who lift the morale of the squad after a defeat, the winger added while confirming that Luiz was indeed the joker of the team.
Tales of N’Golo Kante’s humility are fast becoming legend and Willian, perhaps unsurprisingly, divulged that the shy Frenchman was the quietest player in the dressing room.
Centre-back Rudiger, the DJ of the team, got the accolade of being the loudest.
In start contrast to last season, Chelsea have begun the campaign on a positive note and are among the few teams to boast a 100 per cent record after two games played.
There were no surprises when Willian was asked who he eats with, naming the entire Brazilian continent with a laugh, “Usually the Brazilians – David Luiz, Emerson and Jorginho. Jorginho and Emerson are Brazilian-Italians now because they both play for Italy but I would be happy for them to play for Brazil with me.”
The Blues beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 away in their opener before edging Arsenal 3-2 on the weekend.
In David Luiz, Marcos Alonso and Willian, Chelsea have some of the finest set-piece takers in the Premier League, but Willian revealed that fullback Emerson knows his way with a dead ball too and is known to score a golazo in training from time to time.
Next up for Sarri’s men is a trip to St James’ Park as they play Newcastle United on Sunday (2030 IST) in their final tie before the international break starts.