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Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace: player ratings, stats and reaction as Willian masterclass sees Blues crank up pressure on rivals

Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at home in the Premier League this evening to close the gap on rivals Spurs in the race to secure Champions League football for next season. 

The Blues went ahead thanks to a goal from Willian, after the Brazilian fired home from the edge of the box to keep up the good form he’s been in in recent weeks.

The home side then doubled their lead thanks to own goal from former Liverpool star Martin Kelly, a goal that all but wrapped up the result for the west London side.

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Crystal Palace pulled one back with a minute to go however it wasn’t enough as the Blues held on for all three points.

The win now means that the Blues are just two points behind London rivals Spurs in the race to secure Champions League football for next season.

Player of the Match

Brazilian forward Willian was absolutely class this evening, with the winger looking dangerous nearly every time he picked up the ball for Antonio Conte’s side.

The forward even picked up a goal for his troubles, as he kept up his recent good form going into his side’s crucial Champions League clash against Barcelona on Wednesday.

This tweet sums up the player’s performance this afternoon.

Stat of the Match

It seems that Willian is having the season of his life!

Player Ratings

Chelsea: Courtois 6, Azpilicueta 7, Christensen 6, Cahill 6, Zappacosta 7, Fabregas 7, Kante 6, Alonso 6, Willian 8, Hazard 7, Giroud 6 / Subs: Morata 6, Bakayoko 6, Pedro 6

Crystal Palace: Hennessey 6, Wan-Bissaka 7, Kelly 5, Tomkins 6, Van Aanholt 7 McArthur 6, Milivojevic 6, Schlupp 6, Townsend 6, Sorloth 6, Benteke 6 / Subs: Zaha 6, Riedewald 6, Chung-Young 6

Reaction

It was all about one man today as the Blues cranked up the pressure on their top four rivals with a win

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