Willian helps Chelsea get back on track

Mar 11, 2018, 01:08
Willian helps Chelsea get back on track

Chelsea is still hopeful to move into the top four, now sitting five points behind Tottenham.

Antonio Conte's side have been roundly criticised for their defensive approach during that fixture, in which they were happy to concede possession and territory to the champions-elect.

"You can see that if a player stays in great form I'm the first to pick him in the starting XI", Conte said.

"It's important to have balance within the game, because when we lose our balance it's very hard".

The defending Premier League champions are on a hard run of form to heap pressure on their Italian head coach Antonio Conte. On the other hand, Chelsea are fifth in the table and are on the outside looking in when it comes to Champions League places for next season.

The Blues will take on Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash at Camp Nou on Wednesday night.

N'Golo Kante has handed Chelsea a major boost ahead of upcoming games against Crystal Palace and Barcelona after Antonio Conte confirmed that the France worldwide is back in contention following a health scare suffered during preparations for last weekend's trip to Manchester City.

Sometimes the critics are constructive, sometimes it is rubbish.

"We played really well, especially in the first half". We need to have a good performance, to get three points.

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has trained all week and could feature, having fainted at the Blues' training ground ahead of their loss to Manchester City last weekend. Results have not been good, with only four victories from 18 competitive games in 2018, but as much as anything Chelsea needed to show some passion and endeavour in their play. Palace have drawn nine games in the league this season but only one of these has come against teams in the top nine of the division.

Conte also confirmed that the game against Palace would certainly come too soon for long-term absentee David Luiz and Ross Barkley.

He said: "Normally when you come against a team not having the best of times, that can be a very unsafe time to play them".

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is the favourite to score in the game, and he is available at the best odds of 21/20 at Bet365.

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