Not Bakayoko: Antonio Conte urged to field in-form star against Barcelona

Antonio Conte has been urged to field Brazilian forward Willian in Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Barcelona, according to reports.

Since the appointment of Antonio Conte as the manager of Chelsea, he has not favoured Willian as a first team player. The 29-year-old put up the most impressive display for Chelsea in their FA Cup win against Hull City last weekend.

He found the back of the net twice as the Premier League defending Champions booked a place in the quarter final of English FA Cup.

Conte has tweaked his formation to mostly playing five midfielders and that has affected the place of wingers in the squad. However, in using the 3-4-2-1 formation, Pedro has been favoured to play ahead of the Brazilian star but former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has sent Conte to play Willian.

“I hope he plays against Barcelona,” he said on BT Sport.

“He’s honestly one of my favourite players in the Premier League to watch.

“He can play as a number 10, he can play out wide – he’s been involved in 13 goals in his last 14 appearances.

“He works hard for the team and is just an exceptional player. He’s a joy to watch, he really is.”

Willian has come off the bench 13 times in the League this season but he has scored 10 times in all competitions.

Willian was linked with a move to Manchester United last summer but he has recently been linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona, and there are speculations already that he will consider a move away from Chelsea in the summer of he does not get much game time.