Willian, a player who excelled when Chelsea were down in the dumps, has asked to miss Saturday’s match against last season’s league champions, Leicester, due to the unfortunate happenings over the past week.
The Brazillian international, who scored the second goal of a 2-0 win for his country, has remained in his hometown rather than returning back to London due to the bereavement caused by his recent loss of his mother.
The 28-year-old took to instagram to reflect over the unfortunate happenings; he wrote a poem in his native Portugese in honour of his late mother.
Everyone who has experienced a loss of a close family member knows how hard it can be, but with the added aspect of the public microscope I can imagine it being twice as difficult.
On the contrary, there are also positives to being under the public eye during times of doubt. For example, Willian has received a surplus of messages from football fanatics all over the world. In particular, Chelsea football club has sent their regards to the winger:
“We are thinking of you Willian.”
Antonio Conte will have to opt for either Pedro or Victor Moses as a replacement for the unfortunate Samba Boy if he chooses to accept his request for absence.
As a football fan myself, I send my thoughts to Willian and his family.