Chelsea boss Lampard: Zouma, Tomori outstanding for Crystal Palace win

Crystal Palace team news: Hodgson offers bright outlook for Chelsea clash

Crystal Palace team news: Hodgson offers bright outlook for Chelsea clash

Chelsea fans have praised defender Reece James after the youngster made a huge impact on his first start for the Blues in the league.

In between, the lively Pulisic also saw an effort well smothered by Guaita after a classy run while Reece James, who was preferred at right-back to the dropped Cesar Azpilicueta, sent in several risky crosses.

Frank Lampard has praised the young players in his team after they helped seal a sixth successive Premier League victory to move up to second place in the table. Not just myself, but Jody [Morris], Joe [Edwards], Chris Jones, we do know the club, we do feel the club and we do know them.

"It's that step up - a lot of us want to make that step up and prove we are ready".

Chelsea soon broke the deadlock after the break as Willian flicked a ball through to Abraham in the Palace box for the England worldwide to slot a finish past Guaita. He broke the deadlock soon after.

Tammy Abraham grabbed his tenth Premier League goal of the season, while Christian Pulisic continued his impressive goalscoring streak.

Mateo Kovacic was involved in the build-up when Chelsea went ahead, but it was Willian's classy touch that put Abraham through. The 21-year-old has been one of Chelsea's best players in recent weeks and he can now boast a fantastic five goals and five assists since joining from Borussia Dortmund.

There was even a late cameo for Billy Gilmour who appears to be the chosen one for Lampard from the next group of teenagers coming through at the brilliant Cobham academy building.

Chelsea can boast six league wins in a row for the first time since Antonio Conte was in charge when the Blues won the title in 2017. Roy Hodgson's team has been competitive against every team it's faced this season and believes it has enough firepower to pull off the upset against a vulnerable Chelsea defense that just conceded four goals to Ajax.

Chelsea dispatched Crystal Palace with relative ease after a superb performance on Saturday.

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