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Courtois disappointed by Chelsea's loss to Crystal Palace, remains confident for must-win game against Manchester City

Chelsea v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

It seemed as if the Blues were set for an easy win over Crystal Palace after Cesc Fàbregas's early goal at the Bridge on Saturday. However, things turned awry just as quickly when Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke gave the Eagles the lead in the game, which they managed to maintain despite Chelsea laying siege to their goal throug the rest of the game.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois echoed the feelings of many with his disappointment over the result, even if the loss could be attributed to bad luck - and referee Craig Pawson missing a clear penalty call from Palace's Andros Townsend arm-defending - rather than the performance from the Blues themselves.

"It’s disappointing, at half-time we came in and hoped to play better in the second half. The first half wasn’t bad, we scored very early which was good against a team like Palace, but in two or three minutes we maybe lost a bit of concentration and gave away two goals."

"With the first Zaha did well, but then we were pushing forward, we left too many spaces in behind and they scored. We tried to fight back but the ball didn’t want to go in which is frustrating."

"After the second goal it was hard to break them down. We had a few chances, maybe not the biggest ones, but the ball didn’t fall for us."

Seeing the ten-point lead in the Premier League drop to just seven points was clearly not in our plans, but Chelsea will be looking to recover against a direct rival for the title in Manchester City at home in a must-win game for the Londoners on Wednesday.

"It’s important to win on Wednesday [against Manchester City]. [Tottenham] will be hoping we lose again so they can close the gap to four points, but we will start working again. We know what we are doing, we don’t need to think about losing again, we just need to focus and try to win the game on Wednesday."

-Thibaut Courtois; Source: Chelsea FC

Although our spirits are somewhat down, we should not panic over a Palace's massive upset of a win despite the difficult schedule ahead. If anything, Chelsea showed a lot of positive attacking intent in the game and we should remain confident of better results ahead.

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