Conte backs Giroud after 'very important' Chelsea win

11 March, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Antonio Conte

We didn't take a lot of chances we created today.

Three minutes into the second half, Palace almost pulled a goal back when Alexander Sorloth rattled the crossbar from close range. Tottenham, which plays Bournemouth on Sunday, is two points ahead of Chelsea in fourth place.

The early exchanges gave every indication Palace were in for a long day, as Chelsea wasted no time in piling on the pressure.

Chelsea made the early running in a muted Stamford Bridge atmosphere and nearly broke the deadlock after only nine minutes when Wayne Hennessey kept out an effort from N'Golo Kante as striker Olivier Giroud tried to make contact just in front of him.

And with 25 minutes played the champions broke through, Willian trying another strike as visiting defenders backed off him and the ball taking a slight deflection off Kelly on its way beyond Hennessey.

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This time, the unfortunate Kelly found himself credited with an own goal when Eden Hazard and Zappacosta started a move that ended with the ball coming off Hennessey and then off Kelly before going in.

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Despite the early chance for Palace, the Blues largely dominated in the second as they pushed for a third goal in the encounter.

One particularly impressive moment in the second half saw him enjoy a sensational solo run through Palace's midfield, before eventually seeing a seemingly goal-bound effort blocked in front of the target.

With the Champions League last-16 tie finely posed at 1-1 after the first leg, Conte knows his players must improve to have any hope of progressing at the expense of Lionel Messi and company.

- Chelsea posted 27 shots in this game; their most in a Premier League game this season and since May 21 2017 vs Sunderland (28).

"It's a pity that at the end we conceded the goal". - Crystal Palace have won just two points in their last seven Premier League matches (W0 D2 L5).

The 29-year-old is enjoying his best season at Chelsea, with his goal against Palace his fifth in as many games and his 13th of the season. He's a wonderful footballer who makes us better, but we can't think we'll be fine because he's back, he's one player out of 11.

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