Chelsea had gone into the game without five players, including Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Drinkwater who were all injured in training the previous day. We have to wait for [Monday]. Fabregas has a neck problem.
Chelsea's French midfielder N'Golo Kante and Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz celebrate on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park in south London on 30 December, 2018. Last term, Klopp used the Premier League to rotate his side to prepare for Champions League fixtures which impacted on the Solanke's minutes positively.
Willian struck a free-kick against the post, before Ross Barkley's hooked shot also also hit the woodwork.
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.
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Yet Chelsea shouldn't be complacent after some inconsistent displays of late, including a surprise 1-0 defeat in their last home match against Leicester.
"We haven't had very good physical impact, so we are in trouble in the box". I don't know if a new challenge would be good for him. "I didn't like that we weren't able to kill the match before".
The Crystal Palace manager confirmed the Eagles were interested in the forward and praised his attacking strength, comments that will surely excite the Palace support.
Still, there appears the added competition from AC Milan, although the Italian side's Financial Fair Play concerns may mean that the Blues could take advantage over the proceedings by discussing a straight-cash deal rather than going with monthly settlements. So for us the midfielders' movement without the ball is very important.
"That's what we did but it didn't work as we didn't score".