FORMER CRYSTAL PALACE MANAGER REVEALS THE CHELSEA WEAKNESS HE TRIED TO EXPLOIT

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Former Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew was in charge of the Eagles when they suffered a 1-0 loss at home to Chelsea with Diego Costa scoring the only goal of the game.

Pardew has revealed that he tried to exploit the weaknesses of Gary Cahill and Nemanja Matic against the Blues.

Jamie Carragher asked him on Monday Night Live: “We felt at times maybe you get to a Chelsea back five and either side of the Chelsea midfield, that was the only bit of space – was that something you looked at as Crystal Palace manager?”

To which Pardew replied: “Yes and the other thing, the only slight weakness they have is this channel down Cahill’s side.

“Because he [Azpilicueta] is a natural full-back, he can deal with what’s coming down the side of the box. Cahill, not so much.

“And obviously this [Marcos Alonso] is an inexperienced player who’s had an unbelievable season. I don’t think anybody would’ve assumed he’d do that role as well as he has.

“We looked to get in these pockets down the side of [Nemanja] Matic who hasn’t got quite the legs of [N’Golo] Kante and then try and get to Cahill.

“But it’s very difficult.”

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