Life after Antonio Conte suits Chelsea's star players. With Maurizio Sarri coming in from Napoli, important players like Eden Hazard, Willian and David Luiz once again appear to be playing with smiles on their faces.
Unafraid to introduce an altogether different playing style than that which was employed by his fellow countryman, Sarri's Chelsea have demonstrated an attacking verve that leaves them looking a decent outside bet for Premier League success.
However, not everything in Sarri's new approach is to the liking of his players. In a shared interview with Hazard and Jorginho with the Times, Willian explained why a change in training schedules has not left the best impression on him.
Having previously trained in the morning, Sarri decided that it would be more efficient to reschedule for afternoon sessions instead; this being the time when they usually play their matches.
For Willian, it has upset his rhythms somewhat.
Of course, I prefer to train in the morning because then you can stay with your family, your daughters, because when I’m training in the afternoon my kids go home and then when I arrive home, they have dinner and go to bed.
So I see less of my daughters, that’s why I prefer morning training.
A perfectly reasonable response one would feel, Willian did add that he is playing with "pleasure," and enjoys the fact that Chelsea are now playing "proper football."
For many Chelsea fans, and others besides, the Brazilian's comments are being seen in an almost treasonous light.
I see Willian is running his mouth again...
Honestly though, I just don’t get the love for this guy. Speaks out & complains, has awful body language & doesn’t really score.
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) October 6, 2018
Willian should be out of that team in January, rumors or not @ChelseaFC
— tk (@teekayworldwide) October 6, 2018
How about we give Willian the season off to be with his daughters?
— Alejandro (@bluemariachicfc) October 6, 2018
But saying it publicly is not good, again everyone makes sacrifice for his team in his career. You can't have it your own way all the time, if it's helping the team, then accept it. Very soon he will retire from football and enjoy maximum time with his kids, now isn't the time.
— Vince™ (@Blue_Footy) October 6, 2018
Get Willian out of my club please. Believes his own hype.
— Tekka (@TekkaBooSon) October 6, 2018
Supplanted with plenty of comments not necessarily fit for reproduction, it would appear to raise the question; What is this really about?
Joining Chelsea in 2013, Willian has won two Premier League titles with Chelsea, as well as FA Cup and League Cup winners medals.