helsea firmly got back to winning ways as they put four past Crystal Palace, banishing the memories of last weekend’s collapse against West Brom.
Here’s how James Robson rated those on show at Selhurst Park.
A spectator until Benteke struck – meaning he was robbed of another clean sheet.
On the rare occasions Palace got forward, he was there to cut out the danger – including one dangerous run by Ayew in the first half.
Chance to put West Brom behind him and he did just that with his fifth goal of the season, which makes him the Premier League’s leading scorer among defender this term.
Close to getting on the score sheet himself. Held firm in the second half when Palace tried to turn the game into a contest.
His delivery could have been better, but put Palace on the back foot with his runs to the byline.
In total control to leave Palace’s players chasing shadows as he spread the ball around.
Kept forcing Palace’s midfield into retreat with his constant forward passes and runs.
Completed a very promising week with the performance full of attacking intent, but beaten easily by Benteke for Palace’s goal.
In a very good run of form and just at the right time for Chelsea. Terrified Palace with his movement in the last third. Wonderful finish for his second goal in a week.
Perhaps his most impressive performance in a Chelsea shirt. Scored one, made and denied a wondrous solo effort by Guaita.
A total nuisance to Palace with the gaps he spotted and exploited. Provided the cross for Zouma’s goal and came close to getting one himself.
N’Golo Kante (Jorginho, 61’) 6
Added more drive to Chelsea’s midfield.
Reece James (Hudson-Odoi, 76’) 6
Added to Chelsea attacking thrust.
Hakim Ziyech (Kovacic, 83’)
Subs not used: Kepa, Alonso, Emerson, Abraham, Giroud, Werner