Solanke likely to replace Ayew at Crystal Palace

Solanke likely to replace Ayew at Crystal Palace

The Blues are now on course in their top-four pursuit with a two-point advantage over fifth-placed Arsenal but Sarri seems eager on bolstering the attack front further with the likes of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud largely misfiring.

The Blues won 1-0 at Crystal Palace on Sunday and face Southampton on Wednesday in their first of seven games in January.

Giroud left the field on crutches in the 76th minute after being injured by a James Tomkins tackle, while scoring an offside goal.

Martinez, though, believes Hazard risks losing what he has at Chelsea by moving to Spain and says there's plenty more he can do with the club.

"Later in the evening I will see the doctor for the first results (of a scan) but it (the main scan) will be tomorrow". In two days we have had four injuries, with Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Drinkwater, and then today Olivier Giroud.

"It's the connection, training together every day, understanding the philosophy and trying to improve", Luiz said.

The Crystal Palace manager confirmed the Eagles were interested in the forward and praised his attacking strength, comments that will surely excite the Palace support.

Sarri said that his players were in control of the game but didn't kill the match.

"We have been unlucky".

The Blues could have been forgiven for thinking the trip to Selhurst Park could be a banana skin and a tricky test to overcome, but if they did think that it did not show on the pitch, as they displayed a confidence and an assurance that saw them ease to victory.

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.

"He is improving with the right timing and good movement and now I think that we have to work on Ross Barkley".

N'golo Kante was on target for Chelsea in the 51st minute of the game, helping his team to a good end, after an outstanding start to Sarri's life as an English Premier League manager.

"It was a hard match".

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