Hazard, Giroud ready to thrash Crystal palace ..

England warm up a training session on 29 October 2018

Having seen Liverpool surrender a lead against Arsenal on Saturday, Maurizio Sarri's men were all too aware that victory would see them move into second place, but nonetheless, they started sluggishly with Crystal Palace's narrow formation forcing Chelsea to play out wide and limit the impact of a resurgent Ross Barkley.

Sarri's unbeaten start goes on and aside from the momentum that brings, there is a real calmness to Chelsea's belief that they can win regardless of the match situation. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.

At the time, Palace's new manager Roy Hodgson was trying to clean up the mess Frank de Boer's appointment - and subsequent sacking - had left, after seven defeats and zero goals scored. Find out by following our live matchcast. "But then Chelsea scored for a set-piece and we have just come up short", Townsend told Sky Sports.

The England global has impressed in recent weeks, netting a stunning hat-trick in the Europa League win over BATE Borisov before scoring again at Burnley last weekend.

"Well I commentated on the game against Derby in the week and I thought he was Chelsea's best player actually", he said.

However, Sarri did admit there could be more opportunities for squad rotation as the Premier League enters its busy Christmas period.

"He came off after about 67 minutes and at that point I wondered "well, maybe he's saving him for Sunday". You don't expect an injury, but now I am good. In the future it will be different.

'The important thing for us we want to fight until the end for Premier League. "So we need to change in the Premier League".

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are enduring a tough second season under Roy Hodgson and are now 14th in the Premier League, winless in their last five.

"He is a little bit fragile from the mental point of view, but he is very young I think he can improve very fast", said Sarri. I can say to the club my opinion about what I think I need but my job is to try to improve my players.

"I can score a hat-trick so it was not the flawless day but we will take the three points", said Morata.

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

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