Chelsea beats Palace in EPL before trip to Barcelona

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Chelsea go into the game knowing only a win will keep their hopes of fighting for the top four alive, as the Blues now sit five points off Tottenham Hotspur in fourth. "He is a really young player", Conte added, while failing to confirm whether Bakayoko will make his squad for Palace. Coming in 2-0 down against a team of Chelsea's quality, and not least of all their pace and power on the counter-attack, it was always going to be very hard, and a repeat of the first half performance could have ended extremely badly for us.

Chelsea's potential candidate and former Barcelona manger, Luis Enrique wants to sign Samuel Umtiti as he believes the young defender would be a flawless fit at Stamford Bridge. He's playing very well with the ball, without the ball. Martin Kelly and James Tomkins wilted under pressure against Manchester United but have done well in general and should keep their place at the back for this game.

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Chelsea's title defence has been disastrous, with the defending champions languishing in fifth place, a incredible 25 points behind runway leaders Manchester City.

Here we are again: a week later, licking our wounds, and trying to bounce back after yet another disappointing display.

However, Palace have lost all nine Premier League games this season not to feature the injured Zaha, by an aggregate score of 3-21.

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said Wilfried Zaha is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from a knee injury.

After starting the Premier League season with seven straight defeats Palace claimed their first win - and first goals - by beating Chelsea 2-1 in October.

"We must have great patience with Barkley". "The game will be totally different". Now he has been training with us for one week. We have to try to have the same focus, the same attention as the first leg against Barcelona. It was nearly the ideal game.

Willian is a clear contender to be the club's player of the season come May, which would be the second time he had won the award.

Hazard, seeking the goal to take him level with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in Chelsea's all-time scorers list, also had one ruled out when rightly flagged for offside after converting from a close-range rebound.

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