Thursday, May 13, 2021

Why Chelsea’s win at Crystal Palace was a benchmark performance

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After the West Brom disaster last week it was imperative that Chelsea hit the ground running at Selhurst Park.

After a scintillating opening ten minutes that put them 0-2 up and firmly in the driving seat, the Blues never looked back.

Despite coming against a poor Crystal Palace side, the first half was a benchmark attacking performance. One to be referred back to when confidence is low. A statement of intent for sure.

Thomas Tuchel has talked a lot about precision since arriving in West London and that’s exactly what Chelsea showed against Palace. They maintained a 90% passing accuracy, compared to their 85% against West Brom.

That may not seem like a huge difference, but anyone who watched the embarrassment at the Bridge last week can vouch for the sloppiness on the ball the home side demonstrated. This was chalk and cheese.

These weren’t just passes . . .

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