Chelsea have temporarily moved into second place in the Premier League thanks to goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic in Saturday's early kick-off against Crystal Palace.
Frank Lampard named his youngest ever starting XI in the Premier League and it paid dividends in the opening few minutes, with Chelsea's youthful
Have a feeling it could be a long afternoon for Joel Ward up against Christian Pulisic...— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) November 9, 2019
“He’s gone out for ice cream and a choc ice.” Punditry at its finest by Glenn Hoddle after Christian Pulisic dummies Joel Ward. Love it. — John Cross (@johncrossmirror) November 9, 2019
Christian Pulisic does a decent impression of Eden Hazard with his quick feet and bustling style. A big hole to fill, but he's giving it a go.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) November 9, 2019
Pulisic really destroyed Ward 藍藍藍藍藍藍藍藍— . (@cee8cfc) November 9, 2019
Damn, Pulisic broke Ward ankles— Njuguna (@Jeff_xy) November 9, 2019
Ward injured after pulisic had tormented him for the entire game— aladin Mutuma (@aladinmuller14) November 9, 2019
As the first half was coming to a close, Chelsea looked like they'd get the breakthrough when the ball bounced to Willian inside the penalty area with the goal at his mercy.
The Brazil international's former teammate Gary Cahill stopped his effort with a stunning block, ensuring that Crystal Palace were able to go into the break on level terms.
Cahill denying Willian a goal, Chelsea legend status reaffirmed.— Nß (@tamiltomori) November 9, 2019
Willian being Willian and Gary Cahill with that 'ex-Chelsea player against Chelsea' energy https://t.co/8HyHqgKO2q— sports_hater (@CescOffender) November 9, 2019
Cahill's stunning block proved to be all for nothing when Willian's deft pass found Tammy Abraham inside the penalty area just six minutes into the second half.
Chelsea's top goalscorer made no mistake from close range gave the hosts a vital lead - becoming just the second player to reach double figures this season, behind Leicester City's Jamie Vardy.
The whole Manchester United team have only scored 3 more goals than Tammy Abraham alone in the premier league this season, pass it on.— Mod (@CFCMod_) November 9, 2019
Tammy Abraham is comfortably the best male footballer with the name of a California Jewish soccer mom— Tom Victor (@tomvictor) November 9, 2019
Tammy Abraham just hit double figures in goals. Its not worth it comparing him to Marcus Rashford, there are levels to this game— Hale (@CFCHale) November 9, 2019
Things went from bad to worse for Crystal Palace when Pulisic was left unmarked to turn Michy Batshuayi's deflected shot into the back of the net.
It was a deserved strike for the USMNT international, who has now moved ahead of Mason Mount as the club's second top goalscorer in the Premier League.
Fair play to Lampard. He’s got this Chelsea team playing some lovely football. Confident, fluent and attacking with a swagger. Seems like he’s managed Pulisic’s adaptation perfectly as well. Impressive.— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) November 9, 2019
5 GOALS IN 3 GAMES.— Mod (@CFCMod_) November 9, 2019
Christian Pulisic has landed people. I'm not exaggerating when I say this we have the best set of youngsters in the world.
Christian Pulisic refuses to stop making some people sound loud and wrong about him, it’s fun to watch— Aaron West (@oeste) November 9, 2019
Crystal Palace had the odd chance to get one back but just couldn't break through Chelsea's defences, ensuring that Frank Lampard's side cruised to three points and their sixth consecutive win in the Premier League.
Source : 90min