Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea - Football Match Report

Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea - Football Match Report

Chelsea suffered an injury blow during their 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, adding to the issues that Maurizio Sarri was already contending with in attack.

Coach Maurizio Sarri said the Frenchman had an ankle problem which looked set to rule him out of Wednesday's game against Southampton and adds to the team's fitness problems, particularly in attack with Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus Cheek also now sidelined.

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Olivier Giroud fired home an angled half-volley only to be frustrated by an offside flag, and as the half-hour approached Palace scrambled clear when Eden Hazard's strike nearly found its way through to Giroud. It was hard to defend in the last five minutes.

"We played against a risky opponent so we had to have possession, we played well in the first 45 minutes and even better in the second half, the only thing I didn't like is that we didn't kill the match off", added the Italian.

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"I didn't like only that we weren't able to kill off the match before".

The best attempt of the first half came from Willian, whose wickedly curling free-kick from 25 yards was saved by Guaita at full stretch just moments before the goalkeeper denied the Brazilian again when he tried a low drive. "In the second half, for 40 minutes, we moved the ball better". "Today his movement was really very good and done with the right timing".

"I think we played against very unsafe opponents", said Sarri. We have to work on [Loftus-Cheek] and Barkley on this.

"It is never easy to play here or control it here, especially when they (Crystal Palace) play long balls, but we did well".

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