Chelsea 3 Crystal Palace 1

Chelsea 3 Crystal Palace 1

When asked if Chelsea needed Hazard to beat Palace, Sarri said: "Yes we did!"

FW Willian, 6 - This was his 11th start in a row and while he generally looks more risky cutting in from the left flank, there was a noticeable lack of pop and imagination in his play against Palace's massed defensive ranks.

"It is my work, I think. I told him two months ago what I think", Sarri told reporters before talking about Moses.

"I think that here I have been lucky".

Loftus-Cheek enjoyed a very fruitful 25-game loan spell at Selhurst Park last season and played a big part in guiding them away from relegation trouble.

I suppose him being a south-east London-born footballer gave us a little bit of a homegrown element, so there's perhaps more a feeling of, "What a shame he's not here", than there maybe would be with another player.

"I was really pleased when he came in the other week in that Europa League game and scored a hat-trick". I have to look also at the minutes in the national teams.

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"I don't think it will stop Hazard going there". Every moment was done only between the Europa League, League Cup and Premier League but in the future it will be different. We didn't use 26 players in Naples but I have to choose about this situation of the club. You need to make one of their world-class players do something special.

"If we want to be competitive and win something, then we need to be a solid team". Meanwhile, Crystal Palace were beaten by Championship side Middlesbrough in the same competition, their fifth consecutive game without a win.

This term, the 27-year-old has netted five times in 11 Premier League appearances, and according to The Mirror, Chelsea are eyeing a move for the in-form attacker as a replacement for Eden Hazard.

That is broadly because Zaha is his club's biggest creative danger and its main goal threat, a man trying to be in two places at once.

The Blues are joined by Manchester City and Liverpool as the only unbeaten teams left in the league.

"But then when you return you have the same problem".

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has led his team to 10 successive Premier League matches without defeat, putting them in contention for the Premier League title after succeeding Antonio Conte this season. "I think it is better to stay here and fight for minutes on the pitch [after a few loan moves]".

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