Chelsea's Willian says Liverpool and Man City's 'continuity' is their 'secret' to success

Willian believes the secret to the recent success of both Liverpool and Manchester City is their continuity, but admits Chelsea’s differing way of operating has continued to deliver success to the club.

The Brazilian international has spent seven seasons at Stamford Bridge and won a host of major honours, though the club have had a high turnover of managers with current boss Frank Lampard the Blues’ fifth since 2015.

By contrast, league leaders Liverpool are now into their fifth season with Jurgen Klopp at the helm while Guardiola is in his fourth at Man City, and Willian believes the club’s managerial stability has contributed to their success in recent seasons.

“I think the secret [to Liverpool’s success] is continuity,” Willian told ESPN Brazil. “The coach has been with the club for almost five years. When you have continuity, you can win titles.

“They had a sequence of important victories, which shows the maturity of the team. You have to have time to get things done, and Liverpool have had a coach and a philosophy for a long time.

“The team is the same, it is only one or two players that change, the base is the same. At Manchester City too, Guardiola has been there for a long time, the philosophy is always the same.”

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Willian arrived in west London from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 and has since been led by five coaches, signing for Jose Mourinho before spells being managed by Guus Hiddink, Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and now Lampard.

“Chelsea change [managers] a lot,” he admitted. “In seven years, I have had five different coaches and philosophies.

“But even so, we won titles, because Chelsea always had that, it has always been like that and the club has continued to win titles. I think each club has a profile.”

Willian also opened up on the brief tenure of the aforementioned Sarri, the Italian leaving the club after just one season to take charge of Serie A champions Juventus.

The former Napoli boss was often criticised during his single season in the Premier League, despite guiding the Blues to a third-placed finish and lifting the Europa League with a final victory over London rivals Arsenal in May.

“Sarri is a good coach,” he added. “I can’t tell you what happened.

“He had an interesting tactical idea, he liked to play a beautiful game, with the ball.

“Anyway, he won a title, the Europa League, and third place in the Premier League. I don’t know why it wasn’t better. He was a very calm guy on a daily basis.”

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