Kante strike earns Chelsea slim win at Crystal Palace

Kante strike earns Chelsea slim win at Crystal Palace

Chelsea legend Tommy Langley believes that Blues manager Maurizio Sarri does not properly trust either Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud.

N'Golo Kante's second-half goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 win in a drab match at Crystal Palace and took them to within a point of third-placed Manchester City ahead of City's game at Southampton.

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.

This adds to the team's fitness problems, particularly in attack with Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also now sidelined. If it is serious, don't be surprised if we push forward with our interest in signing a new striker this January.

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 say warming up... it was one of the most disinterested warm-ups I've ever seen, ' said Sky Sports" co-commentator Andy Hinchcliffe.

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Kante broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when his darting run into the Crystal Palace penalty area was spotted by defender David Luiz.

The England youth global has been in good form for his national side with the U21s, but has been restricted to watching from the sidelines for the Reds this season. But for 85 minutes we were in full control without conceding anything to the opponents.

"It was very hard at the end of the game but we were able to fight and get the win". The French global broke from midfield and got between two Palace defenders to put away David Luiz's throughball despite Vicente Guaita getting a hand to it. "Today his movement was really very good and done with the right timing".

"We are in trouble because, in January, we have to play every three days", Sarri said.

"But for me it's very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it's not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player".

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