Willian urges Chelsea to play every tie like final to secure Champions League place
Chelsea faced a trip to Premier League strugglers, West Ham, on Wednesday as they looked to continue their fine run of form.
The Blues had been unbeaten since the restart, putting together a three-game winning run.
West Ham, on the other hand, had been in dismal form with a Chelsea victory at the London Stadium looking almost nailed on.
And after Willian fired Frank Lampards men into the lead 42 minutes in their victory looked very much assured.
However, Tomas Soucek drew the Hammers level minutes before the interval.
Michail Antonio then put West Ham into the lead inside 51 minutes.
A scintillating Willian free-kick did look to have rescued a point for the visitors, but Andre Yarmolenko would come on to regain West Hams advantage 89 minutes in.
Said result meant Chelsea passed up a great opportunity to put some daylight between themselves and their top-four rivals.
Chelsea also missed out on the chance to go 3rd, overtaking a struggling Leicester City.
Now though, Chelsea are just two points clear of Manchester United and Wolves two sides who are very much at their best right now.
As a result, Willian has moved to send something of a rallying cry to his Chelsea teammates.
After expressing his disappointment at Wednesdays loss, the Brazilian urged Chelsea to play every game like a cup final:
Its very disappointing.
The plan was to win the game and we missed a chance to go third. At least we have a game on Saturday to win at home. Its not a time to complain. We have to win on Saturday.
We have to play every game as a final, and fight to get into the Champions League places. We deserve to finish in the top four. Sometimes we have gone up and down, but I think we deserve to be there and we have to keep that position.
Quotes via Chelseas official website.