Chelsea v Crystal Palace: Blues may take time to secure win

Jo Caldwell
November 4, 2018

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.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Chelsea gaffer Maurizio Sarri has given the club's fans worrying news after he admitted that he does not know when Belgian star Eden Hazard will return to action.

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

Maurizio Sarri is one game away from levelling the record for the best unbeaten start to management in the Premier League - 11 set by Frank Clark in charge of Nottingham Forest during the 1994/95 season.

FW Eden Hazard, 7 - Brought on to turn the match Chelsea's way and made an immediate impact, his free-kick running all the way through to Morata to score his second. Game on! 1-1!

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Chelsea are the top contenders to the Premier League title alongside Liverpool and Manchester City.

His introduction for the first time since the draw with Manchester United appeared more likely when Palace levelled after Luiz had been caught cold.

Few could have envisioned a better start under Sarri, whose players have nearly instantly adapted to his methods and expectations.

Now for Crystal Palace! .

Sarri has used just 19 different players in the Premier League this season - Wolves (17) are the only team to have fielded fewer - and several of the players on the fringes of Chelsea's squad have publicly expressed frustration with their lack of minutes.

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In the opening stages of this game, Roy Hodgson's men were so positive that optimism grew for a genuine contest.

But Crystal Palace will look to learn from the Clarets' mistakes with a more defensive approach at Stamford Bridge, focusing on stopping Jorginho from dictating play in the middle of the pitch.

Chelsea scored with their first shot on target.

"It is not easy but it is not easy also at the other big clubs".

Chelsea have been in formidable goalscoring form in the Premier League this season, scoring 24 goals in their 10 games so far. Morata is also finally meeting the standard required of a striker at an elite club - now the challenge is simply for him to keep it up. More often than not he is double-marked, with any opposition team safe in the knowledge they do not have much else to worry about.

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