Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea - Football Match Report

Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic celebrates scoring his side's first goal during a Champions League group A soccer match between Club Brugge and Borussia Dortmund at the Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges Belgium

Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic celebrates scoring his side's first goal during a Champions League group A soccer match between Club Brugge and Borussia Dortmund at the Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges Belgium

"In the last two days I think we were a bit unlucky". Yesterday [Saturday], in 10 minutes we had three injuries - Fabregas, [Loftus-Cheek] and [Danny] Drinkwater - then Giroud, and we were already without Pedro and [Hudson-Odoi]. If it is serious, don't be surprised if we push forward with our interest in signing a new striker this January.

Sarri added: "Fabregas is a neck problem".

As a result, Kante's effectiveness this season has been questioned, but the former Leicester City man impressed as he struck the 51st minute match-winner that helped the Blues tighten their grip on fourth by opening up a five-point gap to Arsenal.

N'Golo Kante's second-half strike was enough for Maurizio Sarri's side to secure victory at Selhurst Park.

After a sterile first 35 minutes, Willian smacked the post with a swinging free-kick and Ross Barkley hit the same upright soon afterwards with an acrobatic overhead effort.

Olivier Giroud fired home an angled half-volley only to be frustrated by an offside flag, and as the half-hour approached Palace scrambled clear when Eden Hazard's strike nearly found its way through to Giroud.

"I didn't like only that we weren't able to kill off the match before".

Palace, who offered little in attack throughout, tried to find a way back but nearly conceded a second when James McArthur got the ball away after it had deflected back towards Giroud.

"I think that Alvaro is better in the box and better to attack spaces but I have to say Eden is improving as you saw in the last match with the second goal, he attacked very well the space".

David Luiz provided a rare assist from open play to allow Kante an opportunity that he pounced upon before scoring a goal that trebles his previous best tally in a Premier League season.

"We are in trouble because, in January, we have to play every three days", Sarri said. "Loftus-Cheek especially is a great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball".

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