Pulisic keeps up scoring run for Chelsea in win over Palace

Ross Houston
November 10, 2019

Goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic gave the Blues a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea manager singled out 19-year-old Reece James for praise following an assured league debut.

They will now head into the global break on a high and, after proving he is just the latest member of the squad who can play at Premier League level, James may even dislodge Azpilicueta as Chelsea's first-choice right-back before the season is up.

A bright start saw the excellent Willian nearly open the scoring with a 20-yard free-kick that went narrowly wide and he went even closer in first-half injury-time with a shot that was deflected wide by former Blues defender Gary Cahill.

Reaching double figures puts him level with Jamie Vardy in the Golden Boot race and he is the first Englishman to reach 10 goals in a league season for Chelsea since Lampard in 2012-13. Pulisic ensured Chelsea's sixth consecutive league win in the 79th with a header when Michy Batshuayi's shot was deflected and looped into the air.

James, who scored in Chelsea's dramatic 4-4 draw with Ajax in midweek, was a surprise starter at righteous back in place of club captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Lampard was pleased with his display against Palace danger man Wilfried Zaha. The result saw the Blues close the gap to Liverpool to five points as they overtook Manchester City, who play Liverpool on Sunday, and Leicester, who take on Arsenal later on Saturday. "We've put in a lot of good performances, away from home and again today at home". "I did believe in the younger players". Frank Lampard's young team continues to impress and entertain, and it might just be the most watchable team in the sport right now.

"At half-time the manager said we needed to stay focused and the chances would come".

"I know I trust in Reece defensively, so it was a really, really impressive game from him, and he's going to get much better".

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