Chelsea beat Crystal Palace to myth a sixth consecutive Premier League take grasp of for the first time since their title-a hit season of 2016-17.
The Blues’ victory methodology they’re in actuality 5 aspects within the abet of leaders Liverpool and degree on aspects with 2d-placed Leicester.
Frank Lampard’s aspect moved above Manchester City, who play leaders Liverpool on Sunday, but take a seat within the abet of Brendan Rodgers’ aspect on honest distinction.
Tammy Abraham’s 10th league honest of the season and Christian Pulisic’s header ensured the take grasp of towards a resolute Palace aspect who barely got out of their bear half all the diagram via the first duration.
And after dominating a goalless opening half, Chelsea in the end made the leap forward when Mateo Kovacic and Willian mixed to liberate Abraham – with the forward stroking a correct-foot effort into the backside correct nook from 10 yards.
James Tomkins uncared for a beautiful different to equalise for the Eagles, heading Luka Milivojevic’s correct-soar transport wide from six yards.
But Chelsea extra than merited their take grasp of, with Pulisic wrapping up the aspects with a shut-differ header after Michy Batshuayi’s deflected shot fell into his route.
Palace’s defeat, their third in four video games, leaves them 10th within the table.
Youthful Chelsea crush Palace
While Chelsea might well maybe well also no longer have Eden Hazard, there aloof seems to be to have been a essential evolution of their attacking play since Lampard became as soon as installed as supervisor.
His physique of workers might well maybe well also ranking pleasure from less possession and play fewer passes (per game) than under ragged boss Maurizio Sarri but they view considerably extra dynamic.
Fikayo Tomori, 21, Mason Mount, 20 and Abraham, 22, have all draw into the physique of workers, whereas Christian Pulisic, 21, and 19-yr-aged Reece James, making his first Premier League start up, ensured Lampard’s beginning aspect became as soon as the club’s youngest ever in Premier League phrases.
Mount and Kovacic both had images blocked internal the first minute and Willian’s 25-yard free-kick narrowly flew wide of the cease nook presently after.
The most spectacular aspect of Chelsea’s efficiency became as soon as the patience and perseverance they showed after going into the interval at 0-0.
Lampard, who became as soon as named Premier League supervisor of the month for October has supplied his aspect with a definite identification, and they by no methodology wavered from their free-flowing kind.
And that became as soon as supplemented by the ending strength of Abraham and Pulisic who are both in filthy rich originate in entrance of honest.
Abraham opened his physique out wonderfully earlier than guiding the ball previous Palace keeper Vicente Guaita, as he moved degree with Jamie Vardy on the cease of the division’s goalscoring charts.
American Pulisic, who became as soon as inventive all the diagram via, capped a valiant efficiency along with his fifth honest in his final three video games.
Palace unable to present attacking possibility
Palace boss Roy Hodgson deployed a tried and examined 4-5-1 formation on his 300th day out as a Premier League supervisor.
And his physique of workers on the beginning displayed the identical manner of sure defending that helped them to a take grasp of at Manchester United in August and a present point at Arsenal.
Guaita superbly smothered Pulisic’s early shut-differ effort, whereas Gary Cahill brilliantly blocked Willian’s strike from six yards out, correct earlier than the damage.
Faded England defender Cahill, 33, who spent seven years at Chelsea earlier than joining Palace within the summertime, barely build a foot substandard on his return to Stamford Bridge.
But now not like of their successes at Veteran Trafford and the Emirates, Palace were unable to present any attacking possibility going forward.
Jordan Ayew, who contributed one in every of Palace’s two targets in each and each of these matches did no longer contact the ball within the Chelsea penalty dwelling.
And Wilfried Zaha became as soon as nicely shackled by James, spending most of his afternoon working in the direction of his bear honest as Palace mustered correct one effort heading within the correct route.
Man of the match – Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea)
‘Tammy has confirmed there are so out of the ordinary of parts to his game’ – what they stated
Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard: “We indubitably deserved to take grasp of the game, but it indubitably became as soon as frustrating in a technique because we had probabilities but no longer ample definite-carve ones.
“They [the young players] are a mountainous fraction of the physique of workers. The older avid gamers abet the youthful ones but they have to realise in a short time what this degree is because it be complicated. The manner they work each day and draw video games is mountainous. Enact we replicate that via a longer duration, that is the test.
“We’ve had teams draw right here and be complicated to give diagram, it be a test of no longer handiest how you free up the door, but can you swap on to originate sure you do now not ranking hit by the sucker punch? I became as soon as in actuality delighted with the game administration. I got as out of the ordinary joy out of Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori’s performances in defence, and the midfielders shielding in entrance of them, as I did our attacking play.
“I belief in Reece [James]. Azpilicueta is our captain and is a story of the club but it indubitably became as soon as correct time to present Reece some minutes currently because he’s taking half in so nicely and he’s professional so nicely. It became as soon as a extraordinarily correct particular person efficiency. He handled [Wilfried] Zaha nicely and gave him considerations going the unsuitable diagram.
“Harry Kane is an unprecedented player and what he’s done in present years and his profession is amazing, so Tammy [Abraham] desires to view up to that. That is the following stage for Tammy. He’s confirmed there are so out of the ordinary of parts to his game. This present day became as soon as complicated because there became as soon as no longer out of the ordinary dwelling in to his feet. It be the game the set up you work a lot for a honest but he did that.”
Crystal Palace supervisor Roy Hodgson: “I view we weathered the early storm nicely. We controlled an opponent in very correct originate.
“Finally they scored a correct honest, however the 2d honest became as soon as a puny miserable as we were beginning to develop into the game and taking a view a puny bit likely ourselves. Then it became as soon as very complicated for us to ranking abet into it.
“It be an miserable spell we gain ourselves in, but I will’t divulge I’m disappointed with our efficiency.”
Azpilicueta’s bustle halted – the stats
- Chelsea have obtained six consecutive Premier League video games for the first time since Would possibly maybe maybe maybe 2017 under Antonio Conte, of their final title-a hit season.
- This became as soon as Crystal Palace’s 100th Premier League London derby (W23 D23 L54), with handiest Fulham posting a decrease aspects-per-game charge in such video games (0.84) than the Eagles (0.92).
- Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is the seventh English supervisor to take grasp of six consecutive Premier League matches, and the first since Alan Pardew in April 2012 with Newcastle United.
- With a median age of 24 years and 88 days, Chelsea named their youngest ever beginning XI within the Premier League, and the youngest of any physique of workers within the opponents this season.
- Crystal Palace supervisor Roy Hodgson oversaw his 300th Premier League game as supervisor, changing into the 15th boss to hit that milestone.
- César Azpilicueta’s bustle of 73 consecutive starts within the Premier League for Chelsea ended, with the Spaniard failing to start up for the first time since November 2017 towards Swansea.
- Crystal Palace failed to are attempting a single shot within the first half of a Premier League match for the first time since March 2014 away to Swansea City.
- Tammy Abraham is the 2d youngest player to succeed in double figures for Premier League targets for Chelsea, after Arjen Robben (21y 342d).
- Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic is the fourth American to discover in three consecutive Premier League video games, after Clint Dempsey (Thrice), Joe-Max Moore and Roy Wegerle.
Chelsea lumber to Manchester City of their next Premier League match on Saturday, 23 November (17: 30 GMT). Crystal Palace welcome league leaders Liverpool to Selhurst Park for his or her next Premier League fixture on that day (15: 00).
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