Injuries a worry for Sarri as Chelsea beat Palace

Kante strike earns Chelsea slim win at Crystal Palace

He has made a total 499 appearances for both Chelsea and Arsenal, and one more would see him reach his target ahead of his expected departure.

Sarri's side have collected 21 points from 10 home games in the Premier League this season, only losing to Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.

It's the prayer of every manager that their players remain fit during the busy festive season as they will definitely need to shuffle their starting lineup.

"We've been linked with Higuain, whether that is right or wrong, or just paper talk [I don't know]", Langley said on Chelsea TV following the win.

Willian lauded the quality of his compatriot Luiz, whose decisive pass allowed N'Golo Kante in Sunday's win at Crystal Palace with a pass few defenders are capable of. Fabregas has a neck problem.

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In the last five minutes, Wilfried Zaha blasted over, while substitute Connor Wickham repeated the trick shortly afterwards as Palace fired another blank.

Sarri said Kante's well-timed run and composed finish demonstrated how the midfielder was growing accustomed to the more attacking role he has been asked to fill this season.

"We haven't had very good physical impact, so we are in trouble in the box".

"It's very important for us when we have to play against opponents very low, where the strikers and wingers find it hard to find space".

"It's about the movement of the midfielders".

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After a sterile first 35 minutes, Willian smacked the post with a swinging free-kick and Ross Barkley hit the same upright soon afterwards with an acrobatic overhead effort.

Chelsea would play three games in 10 days, meaning Sarri has no option but to interchange his regular first-team during the period.

The former England boss added: "He's someone with the profile we're looking for, and the ability we are looking for".

Hazard has long dreamed about a move to the Bernabeu but Chelsea are willing to make him their highest paid player ever and his family are settled in London.

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