Chelsea fired on all guns blazing with a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace, which keeps them alive in the hunt for a Champions League finish.
Chelsea claimed an emphatic 4-1 success over Crystal Palace, courtesy of a flawless display at the Selhurst Park. The rampant Blues kept their hopes of a top four alive by winning on a difficult away stadium after effectively putting the game to bed within the first half hour.
Quickfire goals from Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic helped Thomas Tuchel’s men to a two-goal cushion inside ten minutes. Kurt Zouma added another one on the stroke of 30 minutes to put the game beyond Crystal Palace despite their being an hour left to play.
Christian Benteke pulled a goal back for the hosts in the second half, but a lack of inspiration from the Eagles meant that it was their only positive point from the game. Pulisic would eventually get his second a few minutes from full-time to complete the rout.
Here is a look at the three talking points from the match.
CHELSEA KEEP TOP FOUR HOPES IN THEIR OWN HANDS
After being shocked by West Brom last weekend, it was imperative that the west Londoners bounced back and got all three points and so they did. It was a thoroughly convincing display by Tuchel’s side, whose hopes of a Champions League finish remain in their own hands despite being a part of the chasing pack and a slow start to the campaign.
With fixtures against Leicester City and West Ham on the horizon, seven wins in seven of the remaining league matches will guarantee Chelsea a third-place finish, and perhaps second if Manchester United drop a few points here and there. With an incredible squad at his disposal, Tuchel will surely eye the Premier League next summer with this level of displays.