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Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace, Premier League: Post-match reaction

Something something finishing boots

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Chelsea huffed, puffed and toiled but to no avail; Crystal Palace's quick-fire double in the 9th and 11th minutes of the game to cancel out Cesc Fabregas' opener and take the lead went without response from Chelsea, although not for lack of trying.

  • Eden Hazard was probably our best performer on the day, although he wasn't as comfortable in the 3-5-2
  • Antonio Conte changed formations thrice today. Starting with a 3-4-2-1, his earliest ever substitution as Chelsea manager took us back to the 3-4-3, and we ended the game in a 3-5-2 with Willian and Pedro as wingbacks.
  • I'm not sure how much can be said about Batshuayi, but his impact was minimal to say the least.
  • Pedro had a better game than I would've expected as wingback but his cut-backs were found sorely lacking on a few occasions.
  • Diego, oh Diego. Just not his day today.
  • We really should've had a penalty call; a hand-ball clear as day from Townsend.
  • Zaha and Benteke did well for Palace, Sakho as well; the defender has been a valuable acquisition for Allardyce's side.
  • Overall, a loss that hurts, given that it was a game that we easily could've, and should've won. Nevertheless, we're in a privileged position in terms of our lead over our title rivals. Onward and upward!

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