Under their new Dutch coach Guus Hiddink, Chelsea Football Club are showing signs of improvement and possibly even a comeback. After a lacklustre first half of EPL, Chelsea management got rid of Jose Mourinho to bring in Guus Hiddink. Including this match, Hiddink’s boys have already secured two clean sheets and picked up 5 crucial points. Most importantly, big names like Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Petr Cech seem to be coming back to their elements after a long winding poor form.
Chelsea won the match in clinical fashion as most Chelsea fans have come to know and love over the years. With Fabregas on song, there was no shortage of creativity in the midfield. Although Crystal Palace had the lion’s share of chances in the opening minutes, especially Frazier Campbell who missed a good opportunity to score. Fabregas sent a brilliant through from midfield to Diego Costa who got into the box and set up for Oscar on the 28th minute. Oscar made no mistake in securing the lead and Palace seemed to go into a shell since then.
The first half ended on 1 – 0 and in the second half Chelsea scored another as this time Oscar set it up for Willian after being fed the ball from Fabregas. 6 minutes later it was Willian’s turn to score an assist as Palace keeper Hennessey could not hold on to his shot and Diego Costa made no mistake capitalizing on the loose ball. 3 – 0 remained the final score of the match.
After the match, Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink said, “If a team is not doing well over a long period, then let’s work to look for security. The very talented players, they started working also. They invested in the dirty work and not just the beautiful game.” Crystal Palace coach Alan Pardew congratulated Chelsea on their win but said on their relegation scare, “I’m not saying it will be impossible but I think it will be tough for them.”