Willian: Winning the FA Cup won't save our poor season

EPL By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 12/04/2018

Chelsea midfielder Willian was of the view that winning the FA Cup title won’t make up for their disastrous season, according to report.

The Premier League Champions continue to struggle to make the top four and secure a Champions League berth for the next season and was also knocked out by Barcelona in the Champions League and the only hope to win a trophy this season remains in the FA Cup competition.

Willian, speaking exclusively to Sportsmail at Chelsea's Cobham training ground, said: 'This season has been difficult because we have lost a lot of points, especially at home. That is why we are in this position now.

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'There's no reason why. It's football. We have been unlucky. We are doing the exact same job as we did last season. But football is like that. For example, we were in control during the last game against West Ham and could have won 4-1 or 4-0 but we drew.'

The 29-year-old has been a rare shining light for Conte's side as the Brazilian has scored six goals and claimed as many assists in the Premier League.

However, he's not getting carried away by recent praise and is instead focused on lifting the FA Cup next month.

He explains: 'My performances have been good but not enough. When we started the season I was playing games then I went to the bench and now I'm back starting again. For me, it has been good.

'We are Chelsea. We always want to win titles but of course, we have to win the FA Cup to finish the season well. If we win this title it will not make up for this season. I think our target was to stay in the top four and we are fifth. The only title we can win is the FA Cup so we go for that. Next season we will be back stronger to try to win again.'

Chelsea will face Southampton in the semifinal of the competition and will play either Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur if they advance to the final, Willian believes it will be no easy ride as Mark Hughes' men will look to pile more misery on Chelsea.

'It will be difficult because Southampton will also want to do something special as they are in the relegation zone,' he adds.

'Both Manchester United and Tottenham are great. Two difficult teams. Finals are always 50-50. They can win or we can win – so let's see.'

Before the FA Cup semi-finals, Southampton will host Chelsea in their Premier League game on Saturday in an early kick-off.