On their return to Stamford Bridge after back-to-back trips to Manchester (and disheartening losses), Chelsea found their way back to the winning track with a great performance against Crystal Palace in the Premier League. But even if the 2-1 scoreline ended up too slim to paint the full picture of how the match went by, players such as Willian still left the pitch more than happy with the three points picked up by the team yesterday.
“[Crystal Palace] created some problems for us, but we did a good job.”
“It’s always a good feeling to be back winning after some not good results. We played very well; we could have scored more goals and the result could have been 4-1 or 5-1. In the Premier League you have to kill the game, otherwise you have problems, but we deserved the three points.”
As it has become the norm in our latest matches, Willian was the main conductor of our team’s efforts in yet another refreshing showing from him. Truly a player that steps up to the plate in times where attitude is needed the most.
“I’m happy with my performance and my form, I hope to continue like this, but the most important thing is to win the games.”
“We have to carry on in this way. We cannot go down any more - we have to stay high.”
-Willian; Source: Chelsea FC
Moving now towards the backline, our victory over Crystal Palace also had the return of Gary Cahill in place of Antonio Rüdiger. The captain, who had fallen out of favour after our troubling losses against Watford and Bournemouth, did well in his defensive tasks when our opponents were desperately in seek of goals at the final minutes of the match-up.
“We had to show a lot of determination. The three points was all that mattered today, however we got them.”
“In the first half, we could have got three or four. By the end they were throwing everything at it, as you’d expect. They made it difficult late on.”
The poor results and performances against the Manchester clubs in the previous two weekends had the Crystal Palace as a game for Chelsea to show their true colours. Now it will be time for them to carry on this form, and finish the season on the highest of notes.
“We have to show a lot of courage and ambition to finish the season strongly. Qualifying for the Champions League is the ambition. We have put ourselves in a difficult situation, and we have to work hard to get ourselves out of it.”
“Up until the Bournemouth game things were fine, and since then results haven’t gone our way. We have to show the character and work-rate we did yesterday to finish in the top four.”
-Gary Cahill; Source: Chelsea FC