In a campaign of many highs last season, Chelsea also had some incredible lows as well. Chief among those was our elimination from the Champions League in March in a 2-2 draw (3-3 agg.) at Stamford Bridge against 10-men PSG, in which we allowed the short-handed visitors to control proceedings. And while it's true that the only goals we allowed were through set pieces, it was still an extremely disappointing night overall.
As one of the players involved that day and one of the players looking to get this year's campaign off to a good start, Willian tries to explain on what went wrong on that dreadful night in the latest edition of FourFourTwo magazine.
"We weren't good enough.
"We fought hard and gave our best, but we still didn't play that well. PSG felt at home at Stamford Bridge and that just shouldn't have happened. We should have put more pressure on them, kept possession and controlled the game.
"We didn't -- instead, they were in control. [But] this is in the past now. We must focus on the new campaign."
While there should be no lack of motivation tonight (or any other special European night), Willian, as usual, also lauded the Stamford Bridge atmosphere and the support the players get from its audience.
"I always feel very comfortable playing at Stamford Bridge.
"No matter if it's a friendly or a Champions League game, the atmosphere is brilliant and supporters play their part in the match. The crowd is close to the pitch, which increases the pressure on our opponents. The dimensions of the pitch aren't huge, which is helpful as we are more used to it than the away team."
-Willian; source: FourFourTwo
With the Stamford Bridge expansion looming ever closer, one should hope that the mystique around Stamford Bridge can be sustained, even if this season it still hasn't made much of an difference. But it is still our fortress, and it certainly deserves better results and showings from the players; to honour not only the supporters, but also the ground the players are stepping onto.
Willian is likely to be handed a start tonight as Chelsea look to get the season back on track. Hopefully we will all have ourselves a wonderful European night.