N’Golo Kante scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 at the Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon to get three points away from home against the London club.
With Chelsea struggling to find space behind the Eagle’s defence, David Luiz expertly played the ball over the top of Crystal Palace’s defence in the 51st minute for Kante, who got behind Patrick van Aanholt, calmly controlled the ball with his chest before sending the ball rolling past Crystal Palace goalkeeper Guaita for Chelsea’s only goal of the game.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has hailed the pass from David Luiz as the genius behind the goal.
The Brazilian central defender carried the ball out from the back before picking out the run of Kante to break what had been an impenetrable Palace defence.
Jamie Redknapp said of the goal: “The pass, we’re talking about a pass from a centre-back.
“I know David Luiz has got great quality, but he clips it and it’s such great technique.
“He just stands it up there and puts it on his chest. It’s perfect.
“He’s got brilliant ability but he sees it so early.
“He gets it back onto his right foot and he goes ‘there you are’.
“It has to be the right weight, has to be the right height otherwise it won’t get there.
“It’s a brilliant pass.”
Luiz admitted after the game that the goal was a product of the training ground.
Following the win, Luiz told Sky Sports: “It is never easy to play here or control it here especially when they 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 difficult.
“[The goal was about] the connection, about training every day and understanding the philosophy.
“I just tried to put the ball in and time it for his run.”