Kante strike gives Chelsea 1-0 win at Crystal Palace

Kante strike earns Chelsea slim win at Crystal Palace

Kante strike earns Chelsea slim win at Crystal Palace

According to a UK Sun report, Martinez is upbeat his 27-year-old worldwide skipper will be in better shape at the Premier League outfit under Maurizio Sarri than at the Los Blancos.

It's the prayer of every manager that their players remain fit during the busy festive season as they will definitely need to shuffle their starting lineup.

"The problem is his ankle", said the Chelsea head coach when asked about the France international's injury.

Willian lauded the quality of his compatriot Luiz, whose decisive pass allowed N'Golo Kante in Sunday's win at Crystal Palace with a pass few defenders are capable of. We need continuity in motivation and as a outcome, in determination on the pitch because in the last months, we had some difficulties to find continuity.

"For 85 minutes we were very good, without conceding for the opponents".

"Fabregas' is a neck problem". It was hard to defend in the last five minutes.

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Speaking after the game Sarri hailed his side's performance and also praised Kante, who he feels is improving in a more advanced midfield role. Chelsea were really very good.

The Italian gaffer, however, admitted that the Blues played against a unsafe opponent.

Coach Maurizio Sarri said the Frenchman had an ankle problem which looked set to rule him out of Wednesday's game against Southampton and adds to the team's fitness problems, particularly in attack with Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus Cheek also now sidelined.

Jorginho blasted wide as Chelsea pressed again, and Sarri's side won a free kick 25 yards out after a foul on Hazard, Willian's effort hitting the outside of the post. "Loftus, especially, is a very great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball".

'He's someone with the profile we're looking for, and the ability we are looking for.

Olivier Giroud had the ball in the net after 27 minutes, lashing home from a tight angle only to see an offside flag raised against him.

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