Chelsea v Crystal Palace - story of the match

Arnold Nichols
March 11, 2018

The services of Nigerian star, Victor Moses, were not required as Chelsea returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over relegation battlers, Crystal Palace. His 25th minute strike was his fifth in as many games, however, and it was all his own work.

"N'Golo is fine", Conte told his pre-match press conference on Friday as he continued, "He trained the whole week".

Merson added: "But I think without Wilfried Zaha they really struggle, so I can't look beyond Chelsea".

"We have to try to have the same focus, the same attention as the first leg against Barcelona". We need three points and we know very well that we are playing against a good team with talented players.

"We have to regret the games against Bournemouth, Watford, (Manchester) United".

"It won't be easy". He didn't play a lot of games but despite this his commitment was incredible, great. At the same time we have to try the right solution to play this game.

The Blues used Eden Hazard as a frontman during their defeat against Manchester City last weekend, however, he was largely ineffective and did not see much of the action.

His effort took a small deflection off Martin Kelly, hit the inside of the post and went in.

Speaking ahead of the Crystal Palace game, Conte spoke about his attacking options, improvements needed in that department and the need to reduce the mistakes which have been plaguing us in the past few weeks.

Conte reiterated the midfielder's absence for their clash at the Etihad Stadium was precautionary, but says there are no concerns over the France international's long-term health. Considering that it's the final stretch of games and our entire season depends on it, maybe putting those learnings into effect will be a good idea, right?

It's a pretty sharp fall from grace, Premier League champions to top four battlers, but that's the reality of the situation we find ourselves in. "But the commitment of all my players was good". The pressure will be on both Antonio Conte and Roy Hodgson as they search for their first Premier League victory in nearly a month.

The reigning champions lost to Manchester United and Manchester City in their last two games, but things were rather more straightforward this time around and they should have claimed a more comprehensive win over Palace given the number of chances they created.

"For me it is always a pleasure to see him and have a chat".

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