Havertz and Pulisic shine in Chelsea’s win against Crystal Palace

Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic starred in Chelsea’s 4-1 win against Crystal Palace to take the Blues back into fourth position in the table, two points behind third-placed Leicester City. The Blues were in complete control of the game as they scored three goals in the first 30 minutes of the game to effectively put the contest beyond Crystal Palace’s reach.

The Blues got off to an emphatic start as they scored two goals in the opening 10 minutes through some slick passing. Germany international Kai Havertz scored the first by bending his effort into the bottom-left corner, and set up the second for Christian Pulisic, who rifled his shot into the roof of the net from five yards out.

Havertz almost scored a spectacular goal through a piece of individual brilliance after flicking Jorginho’s pass using his left foot over Van Aanholt, but saw his right foot effort brilliantly palmed away by Guaita.

Kurt Zouma displayed his attacking prowess through set-pieces yet again as the defender scored Chelsea’s third and his fifth of the campaign by heading his effort over Guaita from a Mason Mount freekick.

The Blues could have scored a couple more before the break if it not were for Guaita and Van Aanholt, as the former blocked a fierce effort from Mount, and the latter cleared Rudiger’s header off the line.

The Eagles changed their game plan for the second half as they decided to push up the field to press Chelsea and prevent them playing from the back. The high intensity was eventually rewarded as Christian Benteke pulled one back in the 63rd minute by placing his header into the bottom-left corner.

The high press from Crystal Palace offered Chelsea lots of space for their attackers, as Havertz drilled his effort straight at Guaita after Mount played him through. The visitors rounded off their evening with another goal from Christian Pulisic in the 78th minute, who raced ahead to slot home his effort off James’ deflected pass.

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