Chelsea continued their dominant form in the Premier League by defeating Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Alvaro Morata opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 32nd minute before Andros Townsend levelled the game early in the second half.
Eden Hazard came on as a substitute in the 64th minute and a minute later, his free-kick went towards Morata who struck a second to restore Chelsea’s lead. Pedro added a third for Chelsea in the 70th minute to seal the fate of the match.
The win sees Chelsea go up to 2nd in the Premier League table. They are above Liverpool on goal-difference and just two points behind leaders Manchester City.
Maurizio Sarri has now gone unbeaten in his first 11 Premier League matches. He is the first manager to attain this feat since Frank Clark did it with Nottingham Forest in 1994.
Despite Chelsea’s good run of form, Sarri thinks that his team is behind City and Liverpool (who they lead in the league table) and need to improve.
Sarri said, “From the first day, Manchester City and Liverpool are at the moment a step ahead of us. When I arrived, the gap from last season was 30 points with City. It is difficult to think you can recover this gap in one season, in six months.
We need to improve more because we are doing well. We need to improve from a tactical point of view.
In the first 15 minutes of the second half we were not compact. In the defensive phase we need to improve. When we can’t cover the ball in the opponent’s half we are in trouble. So we need to improve.”
Chelsea’s next Premier League fixture is against Everton on Sunday. But before that, they play a Europa League fixture against BATE Borisov on Thursday.
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