Chelsea continued their fine form in the Premier League on Saturday after defeating Crystal Palace 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic meant that the Blues recorded their sixth consecutive win in the league.
The home side produced a dominating performance throughout the first half, however, scored no goal to reflect the performance. The teams went into half-time goalless, but less than 10 minutes into the second half, Abraham scored his 10th goal of the season, keeping him among the big goal-scorers such as Jamie Vardy, Sergio Aguero, Pierre Emrick Aubameyang, etc. In the 78th minute, Pulisic scored his fifth goal in the last three games to seal the game beyond Palace.
After the match, coach Frank Lampard said, "Every game in the Premier League is hard, particularly against a team as well organised as Palace are. The first half, we started really well, a goal probably would have put us in a really good position, but we didn’t get it. We allowed the tempo to drop slightly towards the end of the first half. But we came out for the second half with the intent we did and the extra 10 per cent of urgency in our game. I wouldn’t say we won the game comfortably, but 2-0 is relatively comfortable. It could have probably been more with a bit more end product, but it was a nice solid win with a clean sheet."
Lampard also spoke about the goalscorers Abraham and Pulisic and he said, "For any top striker we expect them to provide everything, goals, hold-up, and it’s not always possible. Then you need to keep trying, keep running, and he did and gets his goal very clinically. So a great game from Tammy, even if it won’t be his best game on the showreel. With Christian, I always believed that he had huge talent and was going to be a big player for us and he’s absolutely showing that. He was first-class today, as he has been recently with his energy, movement off the ball, slipping past people, working off the ball and his quality, and getting in areas again to score in and around the six-yard box, which I think is a huge thing for any wide player."