Crystal Palace boss reveals what he expected against Chelsea but couldn’t get

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Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday thanks to goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was hoping Chelsea will be a little jaded and not play to our best after the Champions League game against Ajax but he admits that wasn’t the case.

“One can always hope after a Champions League game that you can meet an opponent that is a little jaded or not playing to their highest level,” said Hodgson. “That certainly wasn’t the case.

“I thought that we weathered the early storm well. I thought the shape of the team and that the players worked hard to control an opponent in very good form.

“I have no criticism of them in any shape of form. Eventually, they scored a good goal. A good one-two to get them 1-0 up.

“At that stage we couldn’t turn around and say that was lucky on their part or that they hadn’t worked hard to deserve it.

“Their second goal was a little bit unfortunate for us. We were starting to grow into the game. We were starting to look a little bit more likely ourselves. The shot was blocked and then looped up in the air kindly for Pulisic to score the second goal and from then on it was difficult for us to get back into it.

“But we didn’t give up we kept playing right to the end and this is an unfortunate spell we find ourselves in playing against the top teams in the land. As I said when we lost to Man City and Leicester, I can’t sit here and say I am honestly disappointed with our performance.”

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