Chelsea look to carry over their impressive Champions League win against Porto midweek when they travel to Crystal Palace this evening.
The Blues took a big step towards locking up a place in the semi-finals of Europe’s biggest competition thanks to goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell in Seville, but their shock loss to West Brom last weekend means they are now on the outside looking in as they resume the battle for a top four finish.
West Ham’s win over Wolves means David Moyes’ side hold that coveted position and Thomas Tuchel will be desperate to take care of business in the Premier League to ease pressure on their pursuit of a second European crown in nine years.
Tuchel has spoken about Mount’s tremendous form and why the 22-year-old can cope with extra praise and expectations: “I have the feeling he is very down to earth and he can handle it a lot. It does not change him at all if he is doing good games or bad games or mediocre games, or if he’s praised or not praised. He is very focused and not a moody guy. He is very mature, but at the same time has a sparkle in his eyes which is a very good mix.”
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Callum Rice-Coates10 April 2021 18:29
HALF-TIME: CRYSTAL PALACE 0-3 CHELSEA
A remarkably one-sided first half comes to a close. Chelsea have been excellent, controlling the game since the first minute and dismantling a usually disciplined Palace side. Havertz opened the scoring and then provided the second, powered home by Pulisic. Zouma added a third and that has put the Blues in command at the break.
Callum Rice-Coates10 April 2021 18:19
CRYSTAL PALACE 0-3 CHELSEA (45+1’)
There’ll be one added minute.
Callum Rice-Coates10 April 2021 18:17
CRYSTAL PALACE 0-3 CHELSEA (43’)
Kovacic plays a long diagonal out to Hudson-Odoi, who jinks onto his right foot and then blazes a shot over the bar.
Callum Rice-Coates10 April 2021 18:15
CRYSTAL PALACE 0-3 CHELSEA (42’)
Jorginho gives the ball away in his own box and Ayew tries to capitalise. But he runs into a dead end and Azpilicueta ushers the ball out of play.
Callum Rice-Coates10 April 2021 18:14
CRYSTAL PALACE 0-3 CHELSEA (41’)
Palace have been marginally more competitive since the third goal, which will offer some minor encouragement to Roy Hodgson. It’s more likely that Chelsea have just dropped off a little, though, given their comfortable lead.
Callum Rice-Coates10 April 2021 18:13
CRYSTAL PALACE 0-3 CHELSEA (38’)
Rudiger trips Ayew, allowing Eze to lift a free kick into the box. Benteke attacks it but Rudiger beats the Belgian in the air.
Callum Rice-Coates10 April 2021 18:10
CRYSTAL PALACE 0-3 CHELSEA (35’)
It’s not just from open play that Palace are struggling to cope here. Zouma, yet again, towers above everyone from another corner and his header is blocked off the line.
Callum Rice-Coates10 April 2021 18:07
CRYSTAL PALACE 0-3 CHELSEA (34’)
A Chelsea corner runs through to Chilwell, who lashes a shot at goal. Cahill blocks bravely.
Callum Rice-Coates10 April 2021 18:06
CRYSTAL PALACE 0-3 CHELSEA (33’)
Chelsea look capable of scoring whenever they go forward. Mount and Hudson-Odoi link up on the right and the former tests Guaita with a powerful shot.
Callum Rice-Coates10 April 2021 18:05