Maurício Pochettino made the right changes that ensured the team won

Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park Stadium in London, England, in their Premier League round 24 match. Jefferson Lerma scored for Palace in the 30th minute of the match; Conor Gallagher equalized and reversed the score for the Blues in the 2nd and 45th minutes of the second half. Enzo Fernández put the final numbers on the scoreboard in the 49th minute of the second half.




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Despite the strong victory, the result keeps the Blues in a modest 10th position in the table with 34 points, with Crystal Palace in 15th place with 24 points, six more than Everton, the club that opens the Premier League relegation zone.

HOW WAS IT AT THE MATCH?

Those who expected Chelsea to perform better after beating Aston Villa 3-1 in the FA Cup last time out were disappointed. Once again, Mauricio Pochettino's team demonstrated serious difficulties in distributing the ball in the attacking area against a well-positioned opponent.

Palace took advantage of Chelsea's tactical weakness and, after regaining possession in the attacking area, opened the scoring: in the 30th minute of the first half, Lerma put pressure on Chelsea's ball, regained possession and dropped a bomb into the greenhouses. . A shot that couldn't be defended, a really great goal.

In the second half, Chelsea came back more organized and with a change that changed the course of the match: Pochettino replaced Nkunku in place of Madueke and started playing with two strikers who were constantly on the move.

From that moment on, Chelsea played lighter, moved the ball more freely and opened the scoring in the first minutes: Gallagher entered the penalty area and finished Gusto's cross from the right.

The winning goal was scored in a similar way, only this time after a counter-attack: Palmer received the ball from Sterling on the right wing and crossed towards the penalty area after another great shot by Gallagher.

In stoppage time, Enzo Fernández scored a goal worth paying for: the midfielder received a pass from Palmer in the penalty area, crossed the Crystal Palace defender left on the ground and finished high, with no chance for the goalkeeper to save.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Chelsea returns to the field on Saturday (17/12) at 14:30 (Brazilian time) to face Manchester City away in the Premier League. Crystal Palace, in turn, will face Everton on Monday (7 p.m.) at 5 p.m. (Brazilian time) in the same English Championship.



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