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Relive Willian's Man of the Match performance against Leicester City

Absolutely brillian' from Willian...

I recommend muting the audio unless you enjoy hearing Willian's name over and over and over and over and over again. Though some might say that's still better than the normally atrocious music selection that tends to accompany these types of clips.

For much of the video, we could also call this an Esteban Cambiasso highlights reel, since Jose Mourinho's former midfield zealot seemed to be ever present whenever Willian got on the ball. And with good reason, too! When Cambiasso wasn't there to contain the Lion Tamer, Chelsea were in business. It's a testament to the Brazilian's performance that he was voted Man of the Match despite not getting on the score-sheet himself with a goal or a (primary) assist.

Since his move from Anzhi two summers ago, Willian has largely failed to live up to his £30m transfer fee. That's not necessarily a knock against him -- who knows how much of that fee was actually Samuel Eto'o, or how much of it was a friendly price from Abramovich to his Ukrainian friend -- but we probably were expecting a bit more flash and a bit more panache for that much money.

Instead, we've got a truly unique player, one who can, on his day, out-Oscar Oscar and out-Ramires Ramires, all the while embracing his defensive responsibilities with perhaps unmatched gusto for an attacking midfielder. Which is no doubt music to Mourinho's ears.

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