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Chelsea edge Crystal Palace to get back to winning ways

Chelsea edge Crystal Palace to get back to winning ways

Saturday's London derby at Selhurst Park will have serious implications at both ends of the Premier League table, as both Crystal Palace and Chelsea desperately are in need of points.

The Brazil worldwide opened the scoring in the 25th minute, darting in off the left flank and finding the bottom-left corner via a deflection, with a Martin Kelly own-goal coming soon after.

"For John, Chelsea is home and he can come when he wants, the doors are open for him and for [all] the players that write the history of this club".

The lead was doubled shortly afterwards when Davide Zappacosta's shot hit Kelly, then ricocheted off goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and back on to Kelly's left thigh before nestling into the net. "He joined in with the team today in a modified session", Hodgson told a news conference on Thursday. "We are working very well as always and tomorrow we will see".

Giroud saw one effort cleared off the line and also hit the post, but Conte feels the Frenchman had a "positive" display nonetheless.

"That is what I am hoping for.I've had a few disappointments lately so I've learnt to lower my level of hope and optimism". He's playing very well with the ball, without the ball.

The Italian was roundly criticised for his timid tactics at Manchester City last week, which saw his side lose by the only goal of the game but never really look like conjuring up an equaliser.

Chelsea's title defence has been disastrous, with the defending champions languishing in fifth place, a incredible 25 points behind runway leaders Manchester City.

Club captain Gary Cahill also returns to the starting line-up for the first time in the league since the 4-1 defeat to Watford, replacing Antonio Rudiger with a trip to Barcelona on the mind.

"Sometimes the critics are constructive, sometimes (they) are rubbish", he said.

"The teams ahead of us are going with great velocity", Conte added. "The game will be totally different". We have to try to have the same focus, the same attention as the first leg against Barcelona. It was nearly the flawless game. He didn't play a lot of games but despite this his commitment was incredible, he helped me a lot. A formation with enough attacking intent seems a good choice as we should be the ones taking the game to them, not the other way around.


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