Alvaro Morata speaks out on his miss vs Crystal Palace

Elena Summers
November 4, 2018

Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea are not good enough defensively to be considered Premier League title contenders but insisted he will not ask the club to solve the problem by spending in the January transfer window.

Chelsea took over half an hour to create anything of note, but Morata took the first opportunity to come his way. He estimated before the game that Eden Hazard could manage around 40 minutes; in the end he was given just over 30, but took only two to make an impact.

Crystal Palace visit the west Londoners' home on Sunday afternoon, but the hosts will certainly be the favourites to win this game against a side that has only two wins in the last 10 matches.

Palace are now without a win in six league matches.

Sarri is now unbeaten in his first 11 Premier League games as Chelsea manager, which is the joint-longest unbeaten start by a Premier League manager, equalling the record set by Frank Clark in 1994.

Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte as head coach in July, will be seeking to extend his own streak next Sunday against Everton, following Thursday's Europa League clash at BATE Borisov in Belarus. Zaha, meanwhile, operated at another level to his team-mates and was often isolated.

DF David Luiz, 6 - Did well to keep his cool when Zaha isolated him in the first half but his poor positioning contributed to their equaliser, as he was sucked towards the ball and then could not keep up with Townsend running in behind.


Key Stat: Both teams have scored in the past three meetings between Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

Didier Drogba was the last Blues player to win the individual accolade back in the 2009/10 season, as he netted 29 league goals.

Pedro centred again, Morata controlled, turned and fired in with his second touch.

Sarri has been warning for weeks that Chelsea's defensive frailties will prevent them from keeping pace with City and he was proven right here, as Palace's speed and skill caused them fits on the counter-attack. It is not easy to play for Manchester City, Manchester United, Juventus.

James McArthur fed Townsend, who surged by the Brazil defender and held him off before finishing superbly for his first goal in 20 league games. The striker controlled the ball and drilled a shot into the far corner.

Even without Eden Hazard they looked a class apart from Burnley last weekend, and were convincing winners.

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