Chelsea boss Sarri focused exclusively on Palace as Premier League record looms

Chelsea boss Sarri focused exclusively on Palace as Premier League record looms

Chelsea boss Sarri focused exclusively on Palace as Premier League record looms

"We have quality, technical qualities, and we need to improve the defensive phase, otherwise we are not a solid team".

The often derided Spain frontman now has five goals in his past six Chelsea games and Pedro added a third soon afterwards as the Blues moved second in the table, above Liverpool on goal difference.

Chelsea struggled to break Palace down for much of a frustrating opening half, but they nudged ahead with their first shot on target in the 32nd minute.

MF N'Golo Kante, 8 - Played a key role in keeping a lively Van Aanholt in check against his former club, covering the entire right side of the pitch with his usual blend of dynamism and intelligence.

The Belgium playmaker's free-kick bounced through to Morata at the far post.

Within a few minutes, a ball bouncing off the posture of Pedro inside the box invited the latter to bring it down nicely but narrowly fired wide of goal.

James McArthur fed Townsend, who surged by the Brazil defender and held him off before finishing superbly for his first goal in 20 league games.

Three thoughts on Chelsea's 3-1 win vs. Pedro wanders into the box and latches onto the cross from Alonso!

The 27-year-old has never been a prolific goalscorer during his career and it could take a 30-goal tally to win the golden boot considering the types of strikers now in the division. Alvaro Morata smashes the ball into the bottom corner from the back post! Game on! 1-1! And with Liverpool facing the Gunners on Saturday evening, this could present a chance for Chelsea to overtake the Reds if things go their way.

Chelsea went close with a couple of headers, from Morata and Luiz, before Sarri called for his trump card.

There can rarely be a side more in need of a proper centre-forward than Crystal Palace. However, since 2015/16, Zaha has been booked four times for diving in the Premier League, more than any other player. Jordan Ayew drops to the bench and is replaced by German playmaker Max Meyer.

The Italian resisted the temptation to tinker with the line-up which secured a 4-0 win at Burnley, leaving Hazard on the substitutes' bench.

This was a significant three points for Chelsea, if only because it was a match in which they took the lead and won, something they did not manage in each of their last two home league games.

Chelsea should welcome Eden Hazard back in to the squad after he recovered from a back injury. Eden Hazard is likely to return to the side, whilst Wilfred Zaha should be back for the Eagles after knocking his shoulder against Arsenal.

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