Willian reflects on ‘amazing’ ovation from Chelsea fans as Fulham winger returns to Stamford Bridge
The Brazilian spent seven years at Stamford Bridge and made his first appearance on the pitch as an opposing player on Friday night, playing his role at Fulham by earning a point against the Blues.
Ahead of the game, Willian spoke of his love for Chelsea and revealed his children support the club, and he didn’t celebrate by scoring against them at Craven Cottage last month.
There was no goal for the 34-year-old this time around but he received a standing ovation from all corners of the pitch when he was substituted in the second half.
“It was a special night to be back at the Bridge,” Willian told Sky Sports after the game.
“I spent seven years here, I was very happy. I am now at Fulham and also very happy and having fun with my team-mates.
“It was a good reception from the Chelsea fans, I respect them a lot. It was amazing.”
The goalless draw lifts Fulham to sixth in the Premier League table for now as they continue to enjoy a sensational season in the top flight.
The visitors were well worth their point at Stamford Bridge, more than matching a Chelsea side who have spent £600m this season and started as Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk.
“It was a brilliant night, we performed well with the ball and without the ball.
“Maybe we deserved a little more, but a point is good. It’s hard to come here and play against Chelsea, they have a very good team. We deserved the point.