Sarri happy after 'difficult' Crystal Palace win

01 January, 2019, 16:58 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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The Blues are now on course in their top-four pursuit with a two-point advantage over fifth-placed Arsenal but Sarri seems eager on bolstering the attack front further with the likes of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud largely misfiring.

Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew could not end the year 2018 on a high note as his goal drought continued after his side's1-0 home defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

"The problem is his ankle", Chelsea boss Sarri said of Giroud. I think that, later in the evening, I will see the doctor for the first results, but I think the real result will only be known [on Monday]. What contrast in the space of a few days.

The Blues now have six players, including Olivier Giroud, Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi, in the recuperating room and none of them are likely to return back to action until next year.

It's the prayer of every manager that their players remain fit during the busy festive season as they will definitely need to shuffle their starting lineup.

After N'golo Kante shot Chelsea into the lead in the second half, Hodgson opted to bring on Connor Wickham and Max Meyer for Schlupp and Cheikhou Kouyate respectively, leaving Ayew on the bench.

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Kante broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when his darting run into the Palace penalty area was spotted by defender David Luiz who fed the France World Cup victor to score from close range.

Chelsea would play three games in 10 days, meaning Sarri has no option but to interchange his regular first-team during the period.

"It is never easy to play here or control it here especially when they (Palace) play long balls but we did well".

"We could have scored early but they also did a great match defensively, which is why it was so hard", Chelsea's Luiz told reporters.

The Italian gaffer, however, admitted that the Blues played against a unsafe opponent. "He's someone with the profile we're looking for, and the ability we are looking for, which once again today I thought we were sadly lacking".

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