Match Day 17. Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace | December 17th, 2016
A record breaking day. 11 in a row. This is the most wins in a row that Chelsea has ever had.
‘Booing’ filled Selhurst Park, nearly as much as the fog did, as Diego Costa was substituted for Michy Batshuayi late in the second half. Yet, you begin to hear everyones favorite chant: “Diego, Diego, Diego.” Diego Costa proved to be the difference yet again, scoring a ‘delicate’ header [13th goal of the season], giving Chelsea the 1-0 edge just before the half. Interestingly, this is the first headed goal for Chelsea in the 2016-17 season.
Chelsea never seemed to find a rhythm in the first half. You could say Palace looked the better team, but against the ‘grain’ of the game, Costa netted his header. Once we reached half time, you could bet that Antonio Conte would transfer some of the touch line passion back into his side. I was ready to see us come out of the tunnel and absolutely dominate Palace. That didn’t happen. The next 20 minutes, it seemed like Palace’s side of the pitch was no longer there, as they set up camp in the Chelsea half. Fast forward to what seemed to be Antonio Conte’s earliest substitution, on comes Cesc Fabregas for Willian. Cesc gave an injection of order and rhythm to the 11. Immediately he walks through Wayne Hennessey’s box, implementing a dangerous ball into the center of the box. Later he recorded a shot on target, reminiscent of his goal against Sunderland, mid-week. Overall A performance that surely erased all the talk of a Fabregas exit in January.
Other than a Marcos Alonso free kick that rattled the crossbar, the most notable events of the second half of this game were Yellow cards raised towards Diego Costa and N’golo Kante. Both will miss the next game on boxing day due to accumulation of yellow. Costa has been on that brink for 11 games. Yes that is 11 games, our entire win streak, that Costa has not been booked.
That is the way the game finished, another ‘comfortable’ 1-0 win. Our 3rd 1-0 win in a row. All 3 of those games have come in the last calendar week, our first time this season we have had to face 3 opponents in such a short span.
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