Álvaro Morata scored twice in Chelsea's victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Crystal Palace was arguably the best of both sides in the early exchanges when Chelsea struggled to find its feet. But it was the Blues who ended up taking the lead after meeting their lead with Pedro starting Alvaro Morata, who scored Wayne Hennessey in the 33rd minute of the first half.
Chelsea managed a few more chances before the break, but failed to increase their lead. Crystal Palace, however, was hired after the break, and went on to face the equalizer, with Andros Townsend finalizing a good team move after matching with James McArthur. But Chelsea soon took control of the process by introducing Eden Hazard.
The Belgian made an instant impact by providing assistance to Morata and Chelsea's second with a fabulous indirect free kick. Five minutes later, the three points were all wrapped up, while Marcos Alonso introduced a perfect cut on the left flank, before Pedro applied the finishing touch with a first shot.
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– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 4, 2018
The Blues thus remained unbeaten at the start of the season and moved up to second place in the Premier League table with Maurizio Sarri equaling the Premier League record in the process. Hard Tackle now runs the rule over Chelsea players.
Kepa Arrizabalaga: 6/10
Kepa did not have much to do in the game, with the Palace not threatening so much, despite the offensive action they had. The Spaniard also had a role to play in the same, however, as he quickly jumped off his field. line to turn off threats. He could not have done anything to prevent Townsend's effort to enter.
César Azpilicueta: 6/10
Azpilicueta was not at his best this season, and it was a tough night again on Sunday, as Wilfried Zaha often left him back pedaling with his raw pace. But the Chelsea captain improved every minute without ever being spectacular. Still, it needs improving.
Antonio Rudiger: 7/10
Chelsea's best defender, Rudiger had the rhythm to deny the Palace's attack in large parts of the game. The German international was dominant in the air, while spraying the passes forward effortlessly and effectively.
However, where he faltered, along with the rest of Chelsea, was giving much space to the attack of the Palace, which turned out to be the reason his team suffered at the beginning of the second half.
David Luiz: 6/10
Luiz was another player who had his hands full with the rhythm and wiles of Zaha, Townsend and others. He found himself in a race with Townsend for the Palace goal and there was only one result at that event. Aside from that moment, however, Luiz was largely solid and was frustrated at being denied his first goal of the season by the extended Hennessey.
Marcos Alonso: 7/10
All too often, Chelsea's biggest squad in the big teams this season, Alonso was the brightest of the hosts on Sunday with their tireless efforts to make a difference. But, he did not have much joy during the first hour, as Palace resolutely defended with the men behind the ball.
Alonso, however, finally made a telling impact in the game, as his perfect cross for Pedro resulted in the third place in the Blues. He did not fight much on the defensive side of the game, with the Palace trying to explore the opposing flank most of the time.
N ° Kante Goal: 7/10
2018-19 has not been the best of Kante for the West Londoners. But on Sunday, the Frenchman turned and showed a glimpse of his usual personality, deciding to close Zaha and van Aanholt after the first exchanges. While he was colossal in his defensive duties, Kante was not exactly sharp with his passing at times – an area of his game that needs to be improved.
Crystal Palace aimed to neutralize Jorginho's production to enter the game, and his plan worked for large parties, while Townsend and Meyer controlled it. The Italian international was also to blame for allowing McArthur time and space to join Townsend. I had to resort to meaningless passes to continue playing, which was a difficult exit for the Chelsea orchestrator.
Ross Barkley: 5/10
The Chelsea-like player entering the game, Barkley had another chance to consolidate his place in the middle of the park. But the Englishman took a few steps back, failing to provide a dominant presence in the midfield. Solid in his defensive work, it was his presence – or lack thereof – in the last third that disappointed her.
Barkley was sloppy with his passing and never threatened to make a difference whenever he was on the ball. Jettisoned to Kocacic midway through the second half.
Pedro game by numbers vs. Crystal Palace:
91% accuracy in pass
2 earned faults
2 chances created
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– Soccer Squawka (@Squawka) November 4, 2018
Pedro still can not climb the height of the first moves since he returned from an injury. But the Spaniard appeared to have put his difficulties behind on Sunday, producing a fairly effective performance with two contributions to Chelsea's victory.
Set Morata to the first goal of his team before finishing the victory with a splendid first time that was made to look easy due to a perfect technique. Usually working hard too, Peter will try to get back on track this season after this presentation.
Alvaro Morata: 9/10
? Man of the Match @Chelsea football clubÁlvaro Morata.
Attempts: 5 (mostly in the game)
On target: 3 (most in game)
Touch opp. box: 6 (2nd highest game)
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– Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 4, 2018
Maurizio Sarri showed an impeccable amount of patience with Morata this season as he tried to instill confidence in him. And his faith was paid in kind by the Spaniard, who seems to be back at his best. The former Real Madrid player opened the scoring with a well scored goal, the second in other league matches.
Morata then scored the winner with another good finish. Sometimes sloppy on the ball like any other Chelsea player. Even missing a glorious chance to complete a hat-trick that boosts confidence only to reject the chance due to poor decision making. Still, several signs more positive than negative, signaling a possible return to its best.
It's not the best of the outs for Willian, who cemented his place on the main team lately. It seemed to be a bit one-dimensional at times, with its racing not threatening much. But, Chelsea was always at stake whenever the Brazilian was on parade service. It could have been below Pedro in the hierarchy, though.
Danger of Eden: 7/10
Sarri needed the talisman to make a difference in the last quarter of the game. And, as he has done for much of this season, the Belgian took another step, not even taking a few minutes to reach the winner.
It always seemed menacing after that without getting out of second gear. But he had already turned the game over.
Matthew Kocacic: 7/10
Brought to Barkley, Kovacic provided more control with precise and incisive passage. It seemed more certain always on the ball and could have played back to the starting team.
Cesc Fabregas: N / A
For the exhausting Jorginho in the last ten minutes, Fabregas helped keep control of the game.