Zouma explains why Chelsea got three quick yellow cards against Crystal Palace

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Chelsea got three yellow cards against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, and the three yellow cards came in quick succession, within 16 minutes.

Willian got a yellow card on the 17th minute, while Emerson Palmieri got a yellow card on the 31st minute and two minutes afterwards, Mateo Kovacic also got himself in the referee’s book.

Zouma explained how the yellow cards came about as he revealed that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard urged them to press for the ball quickly after losing it, which prompted the yellow quick yellow cards.

Zouma said: “We were watching before the game how Crystal Palace like to sit back and make the game difficult for their opponents.

“As soon as we lost the ball we tried to recover it quickly – that’s why we got yellow cards sometimes, because we tried to put high pressure all the time and we take risks sometimes.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed his team is improving in the defensive phase following the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Asked if he was satisfied with Chelsea’s performance against Crystal Palace, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said: “Yeah.

“Every game in the Premier League is hard, particularly against a team as organised as Palace.

“I thought we started the first half really well. A goal would probably have put us in a really good position. We didn’t get it, we allowed the tempo to drop slightly towards the end of the half but when we came out in the second half with the intent that we did and the extra 10% of urgency in our game, we won the game.

“I say comfortably, the two goals were relatively comfortable but there could have probably been more with a bit more end product but it was a nice solid win with a clean sheet.”

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