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Sandra Phillips | 11 March, 2018, 04:55

Chelsea have endured back-to-back defeats at the hands of the Manchester clubs, both being narrow losses, but body blows in their pursuit of a top-four finish, as they find themselves five points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham.

Willian inspired Chelsea's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday as the Blues got back to winning ways ahead of their Champions League showdown with Barcelona.

Thanks to a dominant performance in the first half and a solid collective effort after the break, Antonio Conte's men defeated Crystal Palace 2-1, although the scoreline is tighter than what it should have been.

Seven minutes later and the home side had doubled their lead with a goal equal parts attractive and gormless. "We're playing against a really good team, with talented players". A contender for player of the year at Stamford Bridge this season, Willian cut in from the right and struck a shot from outside the area that nicked Martin Kelly and beat Wayne Hennessey, going in off the inside of the post.

Giroud then hit the post after 66 minutes with a first-time shot from a low cross by Alonso.

The Blues cruised past Roy Hodgson's side at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League's late kick-off. But if there is nobody to tell you maybe you are making a mistake, it's very hard to understand if you are.

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Van Aanholt ensured a nervy end to the game by reducing the deficit on the dot of 90 minutes. Unfortunately for the Palace defender, his clearance was in turn blocked by his goalkeeper's flying frame and bounced backwards, via Kelly's knee, into the net. He was able to include Mamadou Sakho and Wilfried Zaha on the bench again after injury.

The defeat leaves the Eagles stranded in 18th place, one point adrift of Southampton in 17th.

Zaha brought an attacking threat to Palace that had been absolutely lacking in the first half.

Zaha replaced Benteke before the restart and our advantage was nearly halved within a couple of minutes, but thankfully Sorloth smashed his shot against the post after Christensen was dispossessed in a unsafe spot.

These are just a few of the thoughts that will be whirring around in Conte's head as he finalises his game plan for Wednesday, and the choice he faces is the most important one he will make this season. So close! The Frenchman was replaced by Alvaro Morata with a little under 20 minutes to play, and could count himself unfortunate not to have opened his league account.

Unused subs Caballero, Ampadu, Emerson, Moses.

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