Premier league defending champions Chelsea recorded an important 2-1 win against crystal palace at the bridge Saturday night. a perfect first half performance was enough to give the blues three points, which would boost confidence and moral to Conte’s men especially as they travel to Barcelona on Wednesday next week.
Chelsea had to put all their attention on their Champions league second leg tie aside for last night’s London derby as a win was important in their quest to catch spurs in the top 4 quest.
Chelsea went ahead 24 minutes into the game, when Willian came in from the left to squeeze in a low shot that hit the inside of the post and into the net. Just seven minutes later, the hosts doubled their advantage. Zappacosta had his shot cleared off the line, but Kelly’s clearance bounced off Hennessey and into his own net.
Palace went close to getting a goal back just minutes into the second half, as alexander Sorloth struck the post after a mistake from Andreas Christensen. Giroud who is still searching for his first premier league goal since moving to Stamford Bridge hit the post midway through the second half.
Patrick van Aanholt set up some late drama by finishing off a fine team move, but there was not enough time for an equalizer. Antonio Conte will now want to quickly shift his men’s attention to their do or die tie at the Nou camp on Wednesday next week.