A sparkling second-half performance from Brazil blew away France in Paris, with Canarinho recovering from a goal down to claim a 3-1 Saint Denis win.
Goals from Oscar, Neymar and Luiz Gustavo cancelled out Raphael Varane’s headed opener, but it was the conjuring brilliance of Chelsea ace Willian that enabled Dunga’s men to prevail on the ground where they lost the 1998 World Cup final.
The 26-year-old put on a master class attacking-midfield play, assisting the second and third strikes for A Selecao as France struggled to cope with his roaming inside from the right flank and stellar dribbling skills.
It was a brand of football far removed from that he exemplifies on a weekly basis at Stamford Bridge.
Praise for the former Anzhi Makhachkala wideman’s Chelsea showings tend to revolve around his industriousness and work rate, where he so frequently fills in almost as a second right-back in accordance with Jose Mourinho’s ridiculous pragmatism.
While he performs this restrictive role admirably, demonstrating all the discipline and tactical awareness of an entirely different breed of midfielder, the supreme lock-picking talents showcased in Paris suggest Willian is wasting his time in west London.
Requesting a transfer isn’t likely to feature on the Brazilian’s itinerary for the summer, but if he wants to really make an impact in European football he’d be best advised doing just that.
It’s 3/10 he begins the 2015/16 campaign at the Bridge, as opposed to the 9/4 saying he’s housed elsewhere come September 3rd.
Stats of two goals and three assists from 28 appearances in the English top tier may prompt observers not in the know to argue it’s Willian who’d do well to remain on the books of such a club having recorded such mediocre-at-best figures.
Game time could well be reduced next season too following the January arrival of Colombian speedster Juan Cuadrado.
His bit-part role in the Blues squad at present is likely to be temporary, with more frequent selection likely to follow next season once he has acclimatised to the English game.
An ancillary part as Cuadrado’s understudy is one Willian is far too good to play.
The mockery he made of the French rearguard confirms that once freed of the shackles imposed upon him by Mourinho’s safety-first modus operandi, the Ribeirao Pires native has the ability to be equally as devastating as the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard.
Unfortunately, such an opportunity will never present itself at Chelsea so Willian must look for an escape route.