Willian shines as Chelsea beats Huddersfield 3-1

Willian shines as Chelsea beats Huddersfield 3-1

Chelsea, drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League last 16, travel to 12th-placed Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Tuesday. We lost the game against West Ham despite dominating the game, controlling the game.

Before that Chelsea had the better of a lively start but were unable to create much against a disciplined defence.

That was the reigning champions' fourth league defeat of the season and has, for now, retrained their focus on the fight to retain a top four position.

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Bakayoko could and should have scored seconds earlier but his header from a Willian free-kick went inches wide of the home side's goal.

Spurs have endured a tricky recent spell in the Premier League but their performances in Europe this season suggest they have matured under manager Mauricio Pochettino after the disappointment of crashing out in the group stage a year ago.

Conte faced criticism in the wake of that loss for saying it was "impossible" to consider Chelsea title contenders as long as City maintain their blistering form, and the Italian doubled down on his stance after praising his players' response against Huddersfield.

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Chelsea fans and players will be hoping the referee won't steal all the headlines when they meet in February and March in a tie where they will definitely be seen as the underdogs.

"I think we had a great game, we had possession and tried to play the ball", Willian told BT Sport.

The Premier League champions were defeated 1-0 by the Hammers, in what was arguably our worst performance since Conte took the reins at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2016.

"I saw a lot of positive things, but one negative was to concede at the end and we must improve in this because it is important to keep clean sheets, for the goalkeeper and the team".

Chelsea's first attempt on target resulted in the opening goal, with Eden Hazard sparking the move which broke the deadlock.

"They beat Manchester United and City struggled to win".

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