Alvaro Morata scored two times to acquire unbeaten Chelsea above Liverpool into 2nd place in the Premier League behind Manchester City on Sunday, but Maurizio Sarri’s men made challenging of seeing off Crystal Palace 3-1.
Morata has now scored four in his very last four Leading League games after just two goals in his preceding 20 domestic matches, and his return to variety could be the ultimate component Sarri’s facet need to have to mount a significant title problem.
The previous Real Madrid player gave Chelsea a barely deserved half-time lead from an uninspired 1st 45 minutes.
However, Andros Townsend’s equaliser and the introduction of Eden Hazard from the bench woke Chelsea from their slumber after the split and Morata restored the hosts’ lead just before Pedro Rodriguez sealed the 3 points.
Hazard was only in good shape sufficient for a place on the bench on his return from a back harm and his innovative spark was terribly missed as Chelsea laboured against a properly-organised Palace, who also presented a risk on the counter-attack through Wilfried Zaha.
It was Max Meyer who had the visitors’ ideal chance, but the German international, who is still searching for his 1st Palace goal since a summertime go from Schalke, fired around when properly-put on the edge of the area.
Chelsea took around 50 % an hour to produce anything at all of be aware, but Morata took the 1st chance to appear his way.
The Spanish international confirmed a self-confidence that has been sorely lacking for the bulk of his Chelsea vocation by deftly managing Pedro’s cross just before drilling the ball low earlier Wayne Hennessey.
Chelsea could have had a 2nd times later when Willian blasted home a further deflected Pedro effort and hard work, but the Brazilian was harshly adjudged to be offside.
Sarri is now unbeaten in his 1st sixteen aggressive games as Chelsea manager, but will know there is still a good deal of space for enhancement as a sleepy get started to the 2nd-50 % was punished in the 53rd minute.
David Luiz was caught ball viewing and Townsend played a rapid a person-two with James McArthur just before firing low earlier Kepa Arrizalabaga.
Hennessey did properly to parry a highly effective Luiz header as the Brazilian tried to make amends for his error.
However, it wasn’t until Sarri summoned Hazard and Mateo Kovacic from the bench in the sixty fourth minute that Chelsea took command.
Hazard’s 1st involvement was to be chopped down halfway inside of the Palace 50 %, and his free-kick found a way through to Morata, who arrowed a shot into the far corner.
5 minutes later Chelsea had breathing space as Morata yet again did properly to leave Marcos Alonso’s cross for the onrushing Pedro to slot home.
Morata had the probability to comprehensive a wonderful show when place cleanse through by Hazard in stoppage time, but unsuccessful to fool Hennessey with his attempted chip.