Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 at the Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon courtesy of a goal from N’Golo Kante in the 51st minute.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson set his team up to frustrate Chelsea, as he sent his side out to defend deep in two banks of four to frustrate Chelsea.
The plan seemed to have worked until a moment of loss in concentration enabled a superb connection from David Luiz and Kante to give Chelsea the much needed goal just six minutes into the second-half.
Match Of The Day 2 Pundit Martin Keown revealed that the way Hodgson set his side made it difficult for Chelsea, hinting that that ball from Luiz to Kante was what the team needed all game.
“Roy had this set plan that he wanted to be very compact,” said former Arsenal defender Keown.
“Basically sitting on the edge of their own box and drawing Chelsea on.
“It was almost defence against attack. Everyone behind the ball. They all worked incredibly hard.”
“For Chelsea, they moved to ball well but in the end they lost patience and shot from distance and it was a bit wild,” continued Keown.
“But the Kante ball was the one they were looking for most of the afternoon.”
Keown admitted that Palace lost the game simply because of the pass from Luiz and the run of Kante.
“It’s what cost them the game,” added Keown. “Kante wants to run into that area and David Luiz has the ability to pick him out.”
Fellow Arsenal legend and pundit Ian Wright hailed the run of Kante and even suggested that Kante was more dangerous than Willian in the game.
“Willian was not the danger,” said Wright. “You have to see that Kante is the danger.
“We all know that David Luiz with that kind of ball, with that kind of time, is going to hurt you.”
Chelsea’s next game is a home clash against Southampton on Wednesday, and the Blues will be hoping to get further grounds on the table.