Chelsea returned to winning ways with a win over London rivals at the weekend. Willian continued his fine form in front of goal with yet another strike, before Martin Kelly turned through his own net to put the Blues two ahead before half-time. Antonio Conte’s side had numerous chances to kill the game off, but resolute defending from the Palace defenders kept the score at 2-0. Former Chelsea player Patrick Van Aanholt struck with minutes to go for the away side, but Roy Hodgson’s side were unable to find an equaliser. Here’s how the Chelsea players rated in Saturday’s victory over Crystal Palace:
Thibaut Courtois – 6
Had little to do during the game. Saw the ball cannon off the post from Alexander Sorloth’s shot, and Van Aanholt’s shot went underneath him. Would be disappointed to lose the clean sheet.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7
Another great game for the Spaniard. Had a routine first half, but the introduction of Wilfried Zaha meant his second half was trickier. Despite Zaha’s introduction, Azpilicueta coped very well.
Andreas Christensen – 6
The Dane kept Christian Benteke quiet during the first half, but his slight lapse in concentration allowed Sorloth to come close to scoring for Palace.
Gary Cahill – 7
Made his return to the starting eleven, and was solid all game. Kept Andros Townsend under wraps, and didn’t let any mistakes creep into his game.
Davide Zappacosta – 8
Given so much space on the right-hand side during the first half. A constant option with great runs, his effort on goal took two deflections before going in off Kelly for Chelsea’s second.
N’Golo Kante – 7
Completely bossed the midfield on his return from illness. It proved how much Chelsea missed him last week against Manchester City, and how key he will be against Barcelona.
Cesc Fabregas – 6
Worked hard and partnered Kante well, the Spaniard wasn’t as influential as he usually is. Made a few good passes, but didn’t change the game.
Marcos Alonso – 6
A quieter evening for Alonso, who didn’t really make the impact he would’ve liked onto the game.
Willian – 9
The in-form man, and the Brazilian netted again. His effort took a slight deflection on its way past the Palace goalkeeper, but his looks almost unstoppable at times. Another great showing from Willian.
Olivier Giroud – 8
How the Frenchman didn’t register his first league goals for the club is a mystery. A focal point in Chelsea attacks, Giroud was excellent. Had an effort cleared off the line and another cannon off the post. Extremely unlucky not to score.
Eden Hazard – 7
Back in a more familiar role this week, Hazard was given the opportunity to run at the defence and terrorise the opposition. Slightly quiet, but could’ve done more.
Alvaro Morata – 6
Tried desperately to end his goal drought, but a goal was not forthcoming. Ended the game with another booking.
Tiemoue Bakayoko – N/A
Made his return from injury late on, but didn’t make an impact.
Pedro – N/A
Like Bakayoko, he was brought on late, and couldn’t make an impact.