WILLIAN smiles as he remembers the day Chelsea parked the bus — and the wheels got here off Liverpool’s final title problem.
After Demba Ba punished Steven Gerrard’s slip on the finish of the primary half, Willian began and completed the injury-time breakaway that sealed a 2-Zero victory at Anfield 5 years in the past.
The Brazilian attacker, 30, stated: “It was a particular purpose. I recovered the ball in our half and we went, two of us towards the goalkeeper, so it was straightforward to attain.
“We did an awesome job. It was a really optimistic recreation for us. It doesn’t matter the best way we performed, crucial factor was the outcome. We parked the bus however we gained the sport.”
Other than Gerrard’s slip, probably the most memorable picture of the match is the manic celebrations of then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
After Willian had utilized the of completion to what was a masterclass in ways and gamesmanship, Mourinho strutted down the touchline in direction of the Blues followers, bellowing and beating his chest in triumph.
Willian stated: “While you win these sort of video games, everybody could be very blissful contained in the dressing room. The environment was unbelievable.
“The followers loved it quite a bit as a result of it’s one of many massive video games, to play towards Liverpool. It was a really particular recreation.”
Sadly it was particular for the mistaken causes for those who have been Gerrard and Liverpool.
The followers loved it quite a bit as a result of it’s one of many massive video games, to play towards Liverpool
Willian on 2014 Anfield win
Defeat took the chance to win the title out of the Reds’ palms.
And so they went on to blow a Three-Zero lead at Crystal Palace of their penultimate recreation, drawing Three-Three, as an awesome season fell aside proper on the demise.
The previous Liverpool captain, now supervisor of Rangers, admitted not too long ago that he was nonetheless haunted by the error that permit in Ba.
However Willian, when requested if he felt sorry for the Reds legend, stated: “I don’t know if ‘sorry’ is the suitable phrase.
“On the pitch, we wish to do our job, they wish to do their job. It’s part of the sport.
“He had an awesome profession. He was an unbelievable participant however at the moment we simply needed to win.”
Victory 5 years in the past saved Chelsea’s faint hopes of difficult Liverpool and Metropolis for the title alive.
However this time the Blues want the factors to assist safe a Champions League place.
Willian stated: “We’ve modified quite a bit. Quite a lot of gamers have modified. We’ve modified the philosophy of the best way we play and plenty of issues on the membership.
‘WE ARE STILL CHELSEA’
“However we’re nonetheless Chelsea. We’re nonetheless a giant membership, with the need to win titles and to win this sort of recreation. We’re the identical. We’re Chelsea.”
The Blues, in fact, have gained the title twice in between Liverpool’s present problem and 2014.
Mourinho claimed his third Premier League crown the next season, solely to be sacked by Chelsea for the second time in December 2015.
Antonio Conte continued the boom-and-bust cycle, making the membership English champions once more in 2017 then being fired within the wake of one other season undermined by participant energy.
With Gary Cahill exiled by present boss Maurizio Sarri, Willian and Cesar Azpilicueta would be the solely Chelsea survivors from 2014.
Aside, that’s, from Mo Salah, who began the sport for the Blues 5 years in the past and was changed by Willian on the hour.
Salah is a large a part of a Liverpool crew that also believes it could actually go one higher than Brendan Rodgers’ aspect.
Willian stated: “It’s a comparable scenario, with Liverpool preventing for the title.
“We wish to win for ourselves, not as a result of we wish to cease somebody successful the title.
“It is going to be a tough recreation. We all know how onerous it’s to play at Anfield towards Liverpool.
“Now we have 5 video games left. To be champions is unattainable however to succeed in our goal of staying within the prime 4, I really feel we are able to do it.
“We are able to go to Anfield and do a superb job. The identical job.”