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Sarri relieved to edge past Palace

31st December 2018, 02:30 by Michael Holland

Maurizio Sarri felt Chelsea should have killed off Crystal Palace much sooner, but was happy to take all three points.

Roy Hodgson's side produced a stifling display to try and cancel out Chelsea, especially Eden Hazard, and it paid off in the first half after surviving Ross Barkley and Willian both hitting the post.

Chelsea needed to find something different to break down the hosts and it was certainly a different source for the goal as N'Golo Kante popped up with a rare goal six minutes after half time.

The World Cup winner made a terrific run into the box to chest down David Luiz's considered chip over the top before slotting home beyond Vicente Guaita.

"For 85 minutes we were in full control (against Palace) without conceding anything to the opponents. I didn't like only that we weren't able to kill off the match before," Sarri said.

"We were better in the second half, because in the first half we did everything very well but too slowly. In the second half, for 40 minutes, we moved the ball better."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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