Chelsea’s stand-out player of the season, Willian has hailed Guus Hiddink as a father figure.

Speaking to Squawka, Willian admits it has been good to work under the Dutchman again. The winger was managed by Hiddink is Russia prior to his move to Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian said:

He’s more like a kind of father for the players, I already knew him, as we’ve worked together in Russia and it’s been very good to work with him once more. A very friendly guy indeed.

Since his arrival at the club, the Premier League champions have enjoyed a long unbeaten run but still find themselves struggling in the bottom half of the table.

He added:

We are now in an unbeaten run of nine matches under him, which is not bad but we are aware that we need to win more games and I’m positive we can make it.

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Despite not managing to really pull Chelsea out of the danger zone, there is a much calmer feel around the club when compared to earlier in the season.

Willian has been on the few bright sparks of Chelsea’s season so far, the Brazilian has dazzled the Stamford Bridge faithful with his well-placed free kicks and goals in all competitions.

His form has dipped slightly of recent weeks but he remains a clear favourite to pick up the award for Player of the Season come the end of May.