It’s been a difficult few weeks for Antonio Conte and Chelsea. Unfavourable results in clashes against Barcelona in the Champions League and the Manchester Clubs in the Premier League must have opened up wounds for the defending champions. They had to respond and build some steam ahead of the trip to the Nou Camp and they did that against Crystal Palace in a typical fashion.
A scrappy goal from Willian and an own goal from Kelly was enough to seal the victory for the Blues. Though the Eagles pull one back, it was too little too late to stop the Blues from winning the contest. The win will undoubtedly give them some much-needed confidence and is sure to help them in their pursuit for a place in the top four, having already lost the coveted crown to the Premier League champions-elect for this season, Manchester City.
Here is how the Chelsea players are rated in their victory against Crystal Palace.
GK: Thibaut Courtois – 6/10
Was alert and guarded the goal well. Having not kept a clean-sheet at the end of the day must be disappointing.
RWB: Davide Zappacosta – 6/10
Had a comfortable evening till Zaha came in and troubled him. Made some good runs and his effort forced an own goal out of Kelly.
CB: Caesar Azpiliceuta – 7/10
Showed his experience with some mature defensive interceptions and shone through.
CB: Andreas Christensen – 5.5/10
A bit rusty and gave away the ball needlessly at times. Needs to regain his form back.
CB: Gary Cahill – 6.5/10
Decent and did his job when needed.
LWB: Marcos Alonso – 6/10
End product should be a little bit better but he was mediocre by his standards too.
CM: Cesc Fabregas – 6/10
Kept the ball ticking but he was average too.
CM: N’golo Kante – 6.5/10
A bit more lively and effective. Coordinated well with his teammates.
FW: Willian – 9/10
Caused Palace immense trouble. Lead a few breathtaking counters and got a goal as well. He’s kept his form going and it’s been so important for Chelsea.
FW: Olivier Giroud- 7/10
His centre-forward play was outstanding today but judging him by his finishing or his luck, it was disheartening. He’s still looking for his first premier league goal wearing the blue colour.
FW: Eden Hazard- 6/10
He was much soberer unlike his usual self. Average and needs to be at the top level with Barcelona beckoning.
Alvaro Morata – N/A
Pedro – N/A
Bakayoko – N/A
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