Injuries a worry for Sarri as Chelsea beat Palace


"I don't know at the moment how long (Giroud could be out for)", Sarri explained.

Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri has spoken on his side's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League encounter on Sunday.

As far as Christian Pulisic is concerned, however, there seems to be a very mixed message concerning his future with some outlets claiming he's agreed and signed personal terms with Chelsea while others say the race to sign him is still on. I think that, later in the evening, I will see the doctor for the first results, but I think the real result will only be known [on Monday]. Yesterday [Saturday], in 10 minutes we had three injuries - Fabregas, [Loftus-Cheek] and [Danny] Drinkwater - then Giroud, and we were already without Pedro and [Hudson-Odoi].

With the anticipated addition of Dominic Solanke on loan, Crystal Palace will transform into a far more unsafe side capable of turning quality chances into more regular goals.

A tight one null ballgame was not a true reflection of the action at hand, but it does display the intensity between the two on the day.

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"I am happy with the team because we dominated for 85 minutes, although we didn't kill the match, so we had to fight again for the last five minutes", Sarri told BBC's MOTD.

In the last five minutes, Wilfried Zaha blasted over, while substitute Connor Wickham repeated the trick shortly afterwards as Palace fired another blank. His movement today was really very good and was done with the right timing.

The Crystal Palace manager confirmed the Eagles were interested in the forward and praised his attacking strength, comments that will surely excite the Palace support.

Considering the fact that some of these players - Moses and Ampadu - haven't been playing since the start of the season, they are definitely match-rusty and would require much time on the field of play to return back to shape.

"It's very important for us when we have to play against opponents very low, where the strikers and wingers find it hard to find space".