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Chelsea beat Crystal Palace to record sixth consecutive premier league win

Tammy Abraham scores for Chelsea
Tammy Abraham is the second youngest player to reach double figures in Premier League goals for Chelsea, after Arjen Robben

Chelsea beat Crystal Palace to record a sixth consecutive Premier League win for the first time since their title-winning season of 2016-17.

Man of the match – Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea)

Mateo Kovacic
The Croatia midfielder broke up play brilliantly and made Chelsea tick in the centre of the park – making more passes (95) than any other player

‘Tammy has shown there are so many parts to his game’ – what they said

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard: “We certainly deserved to win the game, but it was frustrating in a way because we had chances but not enough clear-cut ones.

“They [the young players] are a big part of the team. The older players help the younger ones but they have to realise very quickly what this level is because it’s tough. The way they work daily and approach games is great. Can we replicate that through a longer period, that’s the test.

“We’ve had teams come here and be difficult to break down, it’s a test of not only how you unlock the door, but can you switch on to make sure you don’t get hit by the sucker punch? I was really delighted with the game management. I got as much joy out of Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori’s performances in defence, and the midfielders shielding in front of them, as I did our attacking play.

“I trust in Reece [James]. Azpilicueta is our captain and is a legend of the club but it was just time to give Reece some minutes today because he’s playing so well and he’s trained so well. It was a really good individual performance. He dealt with [Wilfried] Zaha well and gave him problems going the other way.

“Harry Kane is an incredible player and what he’s done in recent years and his career is amazing, so Tammy [Abraham] needs to look up to that. That’s the next stage for Tammy. He’s shown there are so many parts to his game. Today was difficult because there was not much space in to his feet. It’s the game where you work a lot for a goal but he did that.”

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “I thought we weathered the early storm well. We controlled an opponent in very good form.

“Eventually they scored a good goal, but the second goal was a little unfortunate as we were starting to grow into the game and looking a little bit likely ourselves. Then it was very difficult for us to get back into it.

“It’s an unfortunate spell we find ourselves in, but I can’t say I’m disappointed with our performance.”

Azpilicueta’s run halted – the stats

  • Chelsea have won six consecutive Premier League games for the first time since May 2017 under Antonio Conte, in their last title-winning season.
  • This was Crystal Palace’s 100th Premier League London derby (W23 D23 L54), with only Fulham posting a lower points-per-game rate in such games (0.84) than the Eagles (0.92).
  • Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is the seventh English manager to win six consecutive Premier League matches, and the first since Alan Pardew in April 2012 with Newcastle United.
  • With an average age of 24 years and 88 days, Chelsea named their youngest ever starting XI in the Premier League, and the youngest of any team in the competition this season.
  • Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson oversaw his 300th Premier League game as manager, becoming the 15th boss to hit that milestone.
  • César Azpilicueta’s run of 73 consecutive starts in the Premier League for Chelsea ended, with the Spaniard failing to start for the first time since November 2017 against Swansea.
  • Crystal Palace failed to attempt a single shot in the first half of a Premier League match for the first time since March 2014 away to Swansea City.
  • Tammy Abraham is the second youngest player to reach double figures for Premier League goals for Chelsea, after Arjen Robben (21y 342d).
  • Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic is the fourth American to score in three consecutive Premier League games, after Clint Dempsey (three times), Joe-Max Moore and Roy Wegerle.

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