SARRI HAILS MORATA AND THE DANGER
He said: "I am very happy for Álvaro. [Morata]. Improved in the last month in confidence and personality.
"He also improved from a tactical and technical point of view. Play with more team continuity. It has great physical and technical potential. He can improve more. Potentially it can be (a superior scorer in a superior club). Sometimes it is a bit fragile.
"We were a bit in trouble, so we needed some quality and personality, we were lucky because we had Eden [Hazard] On the bench. He was able to immediately change the game. "
Maurizio Sarri was quick to praise Álvaro Morata (Image: GETTY)
TOWNSEND LAMENTS 'SUCKER PUNCH'
The Palace striker said: "We came out in the second half shooting and we wanted to get in their faces.
"We did that and scored, but then Chelsea scored for a set and we fell short.
"The least you have to do against the best teams is not to concede the fixed plays, you need one of your world clbad players to do something special, we will learn from that and the mistakes we made today.
Andros Townsend impressed by Chelsea (Image: GETTY)
He said: "I can score a hat-trick, so it was not the perfect day, but let's take the three points, that's the most important thing for us, we want to fight for the Premier until the end. League.
"We played well today, I think a lot about the hat-trick, but I'm improving and I want to continue to help my team win."
"The Palace score was 1-1, so we knew we had to go win and stay on top with the other teams, we needed the three points."
The ace of Chelsea, Álvaro Morata, bagged two against the Palace. (Image: GETTY)
CHELSEA 3 PALACIO DE CRISTAL 1 – ANALYSIS
A disciplined, though not spectacular, performance by Chelsea on its own turf.
We have become accustomed to the style of Sarri's braggarts, but this was a fight exhibition.
Palace are not pushovers. However, in reality, they could not deal with Chelsea's clbad.
The Blues brought Kovacic, Hazard and Fabregas in the second half, which tells you all about their strength and depth.
Morata bagged a clamp and took his two goals well.
Spanish is a true enigma. I should have had a & # 39; hat-trick & # 39; but he lost two golden opportunities in the last minutes.
Palace desperately needs another striker in the New Year even though Townsend impresses.
Ayew left the bench in the second half but had little impact.
Let's be honest, the Ghanaian is not even the best forward of his family.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace LIVE (Image: GETTY)
PALACIO DE CRISTAL CHELSEA 3 1 – FT
93: Morata with a shocker in added time.
Clean the door, but tried to throw the goalkeeper.
Why do not you just put your shoelaces through it?
88: Morata tentatively close to his hat-trick.
He was lurking in the box and the ball was agonizingly close to finding it.
Milivojevic, however, read the situation well and went ahead to play with Hennessey.
86: The game, something predictable, is running out now.
Chelsea with most of the possession and the Palace still defend themselves deeply.
The Blues head to the second place in the Premier League table.
83: It could be a nervous end if the Palace gets a second goal.
I can not see what happens to you.
Chelsea has really turned the screw in these last 25 minutes.
79: A great work of Kovacic that has been animated since it arrived.
Dodge a couple of players before hitting your shot.
Jorginho is now out of Fabregas while Chelsea makes his final change.
77: Some good offside games go Aanholt. However, the left back shoots on the bar. Best of palace.
CHELSEA 3 GLASS PALACE 1
73: Chelsea is not moving away, and Morata is now in a 'hat-trick'.
I think I could still end up taking the ball home.
69: The experienced ace slipped in front of Sakho after a delightful low ball went to the box of Alonso.
Surely the game for the palace is over now.
64: The Spaniard gets his second after a free shot of danger.
Palacio is for the whole show here. The ball moves beyond three defenders and Morata is unmarked.
In any case, it's another good ending for him. It connects well with the ball so Hennessy has no chance.
64: Kovacic and Hazard now for Willian and Barkley.
63: Golden opportunity for Luiz that should have scored.
The ball was thrown inside the box from a set. Luiz connected with his head but the goalkeeper saves.
62: Corner of Chelsea. Willian flogs him but the ball is comfortably clear.
We are about to see Hazard and Kovacic enter the contest.
60: I said in HT that Palace needed to find its mojo and they have done it.
Hodgson's men have come out in this second half.
Meyer just had half a chance after sustained pressure at the Palace. Easily saved by Kepa.
CHELSEA 1 GLASS PALACE 1
56: Morata has a great opportunity, but the striker considers himself out of the game when he heads towards Hennessy.
54: Maybe a bit harsh to say he was against the race, but the Palace has just been splashing Chelsea's goal.
It was a very ruthless end of Townsend. We need to see that about him more often.
52: A brilliant finish of Townsend in front of the traveling support.
Great ball from McArthur that puts the end.
Townsend Rifles at home on his weakest foot. Game on.
fifty: Chelsea in full control, but is not creating much.
You feel that the Blues are willing to wait their time and simply keep the ball.
48: The danger is heating up. Could we see the midfield maestro soon?
47: Kante had a small race to the finish there. The crowd urged him to shoot, but the diminutive Frenchman chose to play the ball …
46: We are back at Stamford Bridge. Palacio really needs to find his mojo in this second half. There are no changes for either side in the interval.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace LIVE (Image: GETTY)
CHELSEA 1 GLASS PALACE 0 – HT
After a promising start to the Palace, Chelsea have been dominant in the last minutes of this half.
Morata put the Blues ahead in the 30 minute mark having been relatively anonymous before his goal.
Willian returned to have the ball in the net for the Londoners of the west, but it was discarded correctly out of game.
The palaces can be considered lucky for only 1 demolition.
Hodgson needs to get more support for Zaha, who is increasingly isolated.
38: Alosno shows the ball through the goal towards Morata, but the striker approaches.
CHELSEA OBJECTIVE DESALINATED
3. 4: Willian thought he would put the Blues 2-0 up, but the Brazil international was out of the game. Good call from the referee.
META DE CHELSEA – MORATA
31: Curse the blogger live.
Morata shoots home from close range after Tomkins fails to clear his lines.
The defender came out, but only found Pedro, who fit his compatriot.
An orderly end by the former Real Madrid striker who made an uncomfortable possibility seem easy.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Stamford Bridge Updates (Image: REUTERS)
28: Chelsea is finding a bit of momentum, but Palace is defending deeply and with discipline. Morata looks quite isolated in attack at this moment.
24: Zaha with a little career mazy.
The Chelsea defenders were afraid to approach him there. However, there is no support for the Ivorian and he is dispossessed.
twenty-one: Last week, Palace looked decent against Arsenal and they are giving him a real shot here.
Lots of decent game in the bands, but the lack of cutting edge.
Sarri looks like he could do it with a cigarette in Chelsea's bank …
19: Zaha's big ball to find Meyer. But the German bads his shot and sees that the ball goes flying over the bar.
sixteen: Zaha is being mistreated a bit and is another free throw from Palace in a dangerous area.
Milovojevic with a better delivery this time, but Chelsea defends resolutely and plays the ball.
14: Another free shot of the palace. Really bad delivery of Milovojevic, directly into the hands of Kepa. Total waste.
12: Townsend has a small wave ahead, but Alonso and Kante knocked him down. The resulting free kick is easily swept by the Chelsea defense.
eleven: Chelsea working hard in the midfield. Jorginho is so integral to Sarri's plans. A real dynamo.
7: A speculative cross by Barkley, but Tomkins flogs him. Hennessy collects, although that could have been a goal of the comedy itself. Morata was lurking right in the former West Ham ace.
5: Palace that is not afraid to attack in these early stages. A couple of decent little races Townsend and Zaha is already animated.
two: Chelsea with an early opportunity. Willian with a dangerous cross on his left flank. Pedro connects, but not enough. A routine except for Hennessy.
one: We leave after a minute of silence. Chelsea in its traditional blue, palace in white.
Willian starts today for Chelsea (Image: GETTY)
3:50 PM: PREDICTION TIME
I'm going for a 2-0 Chelsea victory routine.
Palace looked solid against Arsenal last week in a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.
But through London in the territory of Chelsea, I think Sarri's men will have too much quality.
UPDATE OF DRINKING WATER AND MOSES
15:40 Sarri told reporters: "The situation is that Drinkwater, for me, is suitable for a midfield with two midfielders.
"I told him two months ago what I think.
"Moses is more suited to play as a wing-back, rather than as an end or a full-back."
BLUES PLANNING TO SELL DANGER?
15:30 Belgium's 27-year-old superstar has yet to reach an agreement, and Real Madrid's long-term admirers are about to launch.
Chelsea does not take risks and has identified transfer goals if he leaves.
See the full story here.
HODGSON IN LOFTUS-CHEEK
15:15 Some good comments from Hodgson, which had the England international in Selhurst Park on loan last season.
"He was a star to us and will be a star of the future," Hodgson explained.
Loftus-Cheek made 25 appearances at the Palace last season and is currently on the Chelsea bench.
Chelsea ace Ruben Loftus-Cheek was loaned to Crystal Palace (Image: GETTY)
Chelsea vs Southampton: Maurizio Sarri has a great call to overcome Eden Hazard (Image: GETTY)
3:00 pm: Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri commented on Eden Hazard's physical condition: "Yesterday, Eden had a lot of training with the team, he may not be ready to play for 90 minutes right now because it was his first training in the last two weeks.
"But he can probably play for 40 or 45 minutes, so it's important to us."
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: "We can not disguise the enormity of the task.
"We can not understand that it will be easier than it will be, but we played well against Liverpool and Arsenal, our belief and confidence are based on that."
"I do not prepare myself for the teams to underestimate us, because I think we have done enough to not be underestimated, I do not think anyone sees it as an inevitable conclusion."