Friday, 22 June, 2018

Conte salutes 'fantastic' Willian after Crystal Palace win

Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace: Disallowed goal questioned by Roy Hodgson Chelsea edge Crystal Palace to get back to winning ways
Betsy Taylor | 11 March, 2018, 01:50

Chelsea have returned to winning ways in the Premier League by overcoming Crystal Palace 2-1 at Stamford Bridge this evening.

Take a look through the gallery above to see how the Chelsea players performed during their Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

One particularly impressive moment in the second half saw him enjoy a sensational solo run through Palace's midfield, before eventually seeing a seemingly goal-bound effort blocked in front of the target.

The Blues are coming off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City and will be looking to regain some momentum before they travel to Spain and face Barcelona in the Champions League.

However, Conte revealed that the former AS Monaco star is also back in full training and might be fit for the visit of Palace or Wednesday's trip to Barcelona. "It's important to have balance within the game because when we lose our balance it's very hard".

Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace: Disallowed goal questioned by Roy Hodgson

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Chelsea FC will edge to a comfortable win against Palace, especially with Ivory Coast global Wilfried Zaha sidelined for the Eagles.

The struggle for Chelsea is to secure one of the four Champions League places. They deserved more against Tottenham and against United. "The player and I must have patience", Conte stressed.

"The teams ahead of us are going with a great velocity and it is important for us to not drop points in games, and in the future exploit the games we have at home". But the introduction of Wilfried Zaha at half-time gave the visitors renewed heart and Patrick van Aanholt pulled a goal back in the 90th minute to test the nerves of Stamford Bridge unduly. When you play against City there is the possibility to lose the game.

The hosts now sit in the relegation zone but a victory on Saturday could propel them out of the drop zone and give them a little bit more hope of stay up. Yohan Cabaye and Joel Ward are doubts for Saturday's game, but could make their returns within the next week, while Julian Speroni and Mamadou Sakho remain sidelined. This means that Townsend should be very motivated to perform at the highest level against one of the best sides in the league, particularly with the World Cup in Russian Federation fast approaching. Ross Barkley, Tiemoue Bakayoko and David Luiz are all set to miss out.


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