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EPL: N’Golo Kanté Saves Chelsea

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Frenchman N'Golo Kanté scorer for Chelsea against Crystal Palace and congratulated by teammate Ross Barkley on December 30, 2018 at Selhurst Park

Thank you N’Golo Kanté! Thanks to his French international midfield, Chelsea won a short victory at Crystal Palace (0-1) on Sunday, allowing the Blues to stay in touch with the leading trio led by the untouchable leader Liverpool.

Tottenham (2nd, 45 points) and Manchester City (3rd, 44 points and a game late) remain within range of the Blues, now 4th (43 pts), the Reds, wide winners of Arsenal Saturday (5-1 ), already seem out of reach for Chelsea (54 pts)

The goal of the victory was scored by Kanté early in the second half (51st), on a bright opening by David Luiz, followed by a chest control and a shot from the left, as the front -center that he is not. Former Caen and Leicester midfielder have scored their third Premier League goal this season.

This is two more than his compatriot Olivier Giroud, entry holder but unhappy at Selhurst Park: his undermining work proved invaluable but the striker of the Blues came out, touched ankle (76), after two nice goals – logically – refused.

Rarely endangered in defense, the Blues have, however, hardly been offensively inspired. The first shot shot came in the 35th minute (Willian).

The Sarri players played high and controlled the ball just waiting for the opening and only shivered in the very last minutes of the match, including a knockdown from Connor Wickham (89).

A devourer of space seems necessary for the Blues to pass a cap during the transfer window, the profiles of axial attackers Giroud and Morata being too close.

Although well on the way to qualifying for the next Champions League (5 points ahead of Arsenal), and qualified for the round of 32 in the Europa League, Maurizio Sarri can be satisfied with his first half of the season. London.