Liverpool won't move for Pulisic and Solanke medical with Palace complete

Chelsea boss wants to sign 28-goal attacker this winter

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].

"We played against a risky opponent".

Chelsea's win took them five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal and they were largely comfortable before a late Palace rally in which Connor Wickham missed a great chance to equalise.

Kante broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when his darting run into the Palace penalty area was spotted by defender David Luiz who fed the France World Cup victor to score from close range.

"In the last few days we were a but unlucky".

Moments later, Willian forced a good low save from Guaita with a sharp strike and then Ross Barkley clipped the post with an acrobatic attempt from six yards as the first half ended goalless.

Olivier Giroud fired home an angled half-volley only to be frustrated by an offside flag, and as the half-hour approached Palace scrambled clear when Eden Hazard's strike nearly found its way through to Giroud.

"We played against a unsafe opponent so we had to have possession, we played well in the first 45 minutes and even better in the second half, the only thing I didn't like is that we didn't kill the match off", added the Italian.

The England youth worldwide has been in good form for his national side with the U21s, but has been restricted to watching from the sidelines for the Reds this season. But for 85 minutes we were in full control without conceding anything to the opponents.

"The only thing I didn't like is that we didn't kill the match off", added the Italian. "In the second half, for 40 minutes, we moved the ball better". It was the midfielder's third league goal of the season - the most he has ever managed in a single top-flight campaign. We have to work on [Loftus-Cheek] and Barkley on this. So for us the midfielders' movement without the ball is very important.



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