“They were just too good” – Alan Shearer praise these three Chelsea players for tormenting Crystal Palace

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Chelsea returned to winning ways in the Premier League in style with an impressive 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

According to Newcastle United legendary striker Alan Shearer, Chelsea trio Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz were too good for Crystal Palace defenders.

Shearer said: “I thought it was a very clever team selection not to play Giroud or Abraham, but instead play Havertz, Pulisic and Mount, who like to drop deep.

“The two big centre-forwards might have wanted to go up and scrap against the two big centre-halves [Cheikhou] Kouyate and [Gary] Cahill.

“And those three were just too good for those two, because they didn’t want to come out, they didn’t want to go and mark one of them, because if they had, then they leave that space in behind and that caused them problems.”

Shearer added: “They created chance after chance.

“Havertz, who played very well, scored one, had an assist, probably should’ve scored another couple of goals. As I said, it was a constant, a defender just didn’t want to come out and close them down.

“Pulisic gets his first goal. He [Mount] was clever in everything he did as well.

“Second half it didn’t change. It’s all from those players dropping deep and getting the ball and, as I said, they were just too good for them.

“It was a superb performance from Chelsea, particularly going forward.”

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