Chelsea had yet another difficult game against Crystal Palace today, and for the third time in a row Chelsea had to scrape out yet another 1-0 victory.
Diego Costa scored the only goal of the game, just two minutes before the half-time whistle, in what was Chelsea’s first attempt on target.
Cesc Fabregas replaced Willian in the 64th minute, and prior to that, the momentum was with Crystal Palace, who were dominating play and making things difficult for the Blues. The introduction of Cesc Fabregas to the midfield gave Chelsea back the game, and the team started to create more chances.
The first-half against Crystal Palace was very difficult, and the team couldn’t get a shot on target, until Costa’s header broke the deadlock.
After Fabregas’ introduction to the Chelsea midfield, the team began to hold on to the ball, there were more forward passes and balls that threatened Palace’s defence, and he also had some amazing late runs into the box that took Palace’s defenders by storm.
Before Fabregas came in, Crystal Palace had over 60% ball possession, and were looking really dangerous. His introduction made things easier for the Blues, and there was more fluidity in our passing, and more importantly, more forward passes.
With teams setting up to frustrate Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas just has to play.