Chelsea overcame a determined performance of Auszeitpezialisten crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime to rise above the reigning champions Manchester City in second place in the Premier League Table.

In the first half, the hosts were frustrated by an organized team from the Palace, who wanted to push into the top six with a victory on Stamford Bridge.

But the blues showed patience beyond their young years, breaking the crowd short before the hour, when Tammy Abraham clung to a cute Willian pass to break the deadlock.

The goal was the tenth victory of the season of the English striker, with whom he reached next to Jamie Vardy from Leicester City the top spot in the Premier League.

Christian Pulisic finished the game with his fifth goal in three games when Chelsea scored for the first time in a row since May 2017 under Antonio Conte a victory in the Premier League.

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Man of the game

"Everything he did was positive"

Glenn Hoddle

"It was a great performance from Chelsea, it really did.

"Pulisic was excellent again today and is going in the right direction.

"But I think Willian was a different class, he made a wonderful little streak for the first goal and all he did was positive."

View from the shelter

"Our goal is to close the gap to Liverpool and Man City"

Frank Lampard

The Chelsea boss declined to speak of an unusual title challenge of his team, although he won the Premier League for the sixth consecutive year, five points behind leaders Liverpool.

"I have no complaints about the deployment and application of my team."

Roy Hodgson

The Palace boss refused to criticize his players after Chelsea had secured the bounce in South London.

View from the dressing room

"Palace frustrated us – but we stayed true to our style"

Tammy Abraham

Scorers Abraham and Pulisic spoke to Des Kelly of BT Sport after leading Chelsea to victory in the Premier League for the sixth consecutive year.

Judgments of the experts

"Chelsea is in the title race"

Joe Cole

Cole was full of praise for Lampard's young team after Chelsea Man City took second place.

Tweet of the game

22J 38T – Tammy Abraham is the second youngest player to score double-digit in Premier League goals @ ChelseaFC, after Arjen Robben (21J 342T). Decimal. #CHECRY

Picture of the game

Old and new. Lampard, who was at his peak in his first season as Premier League manager, congratulates Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson on his 300th top fixture.

Important statistics

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Chelsea have won in May 2017 under Antonio Conte's last season of winning the title for the first time in six consecutive Premier League matches.

This was Crystal Palace's 100th Premier League London Derby (W23 D23 L54), with only Fulham scoring a lower score per game (0.84) than the Eagles (0.92).

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is the seventh English trainer to win six consecutive games in the Premier League, and the first since Alan Pardew in April 2012 at Newcastle United.

With an average age of 24 years and 88 days, Chelsea named the youngest XI starter of all time in the Premier League and the youngest of all teams this season.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson led his 300th Premier League game as manager, becoming the 15th boss to reach this milestone.

César Azpilicuetas 73 consecutive Premier League starts for Chelsea ended when the Spaniard failed to play against Swansea for the first time since November 2017.

For the first time since March 2014, Crystal Palace was unable to throw a single shot at Swansea City in the first half of a Premier League game.

Tammy Abraham is the second youngest player after Arjen Robben (21J 342T), who scores double-digit in the Premier League for Chelsea.

Christian Pulisic of Chelsea is the fourth American to score three consecutive Premier League games after Clint Dempsey (3), Joe-Max Moore and Roy Wegerle.



Man City (A) – Saturday, November 23, 5:30 pm

Valencia (A) – Wednesday, 27th November, 17.55

West Ham (H) – Saturday, November 30th, 3pm

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Liverpool (A) – Sunday, November 23, 3pm

Burnley (A) – Saturday, November 30th, 3pm

Bournemouth (H) – Tuesday, December 3, 3 pm

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