An Unimpressive Victory
By Gary Watton
March 10 2018
The hosts took maximum points and avenged two defeats by Crystal Palace from the last twelve months, but this was a mediocre win against a mediocre team. The home team should have been out of sight by half time, but their recent goal shy shortcomings were in evidence once again. Giroud has become the latest culprit of missing gifted chances from close range. Such has been the car crash nature of this disintegrating season that our players will insist on hitting the woodwork. Whilst the supporters will applaud near misses, the grim truth is that you don't obtain any points from near misses or hitting the posts.
In the end, a frustratingly wasteful Chelsea almost paid dearly for their idleness, complacency, and lack of ruthlessness when the visitors pulled a goal back and had another effort dubiously chalked off.
Chelsea fans will celebrate this non-event, but it doesn't fool me. The champions comfortably disposed of West Bromwich Albion and Hull City before retreating back into their shell. I'm afraid that this glass half empty merchant fears the worst when the Blues pay a visit to Camp Nou on Wednesday evening. We made hard work of overcoming Crystal Palace, and Barcelona on their home soil are a good few levels up from the south London wannabes.
CHELSEA 2 Crystal Palace 1; half time: 2-0
CHELSEA goal scorers: Willian; Kelly (own goal)
CHELSEA: Courtois; Christensen; Rudiger; Azpilicueta; Kante; Alonso; Fabregas; Zappacosta; Giroud; Willian; Hazard. Used substitutes: Morata; Bakayoko; Pedro
CHELSEA leading scorers:
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