Hakim Ziyech scored a late winner as Chelsea produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. Just when the game was heading to a goalless draw, Ziyech was found free at the back post by Marcos Alonso in the 89th minute. Thomas Tuchel revealed that the team was exhausted after returning from their Club World Cup success.

Managers Reaction

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel: “We look a bit drained, a bit exhausted, and you can see everybody tries hard. Everybody is looking for the flow where you try hard but nobody sees you are trying hard. We are looking for it but at this moment we struggle, which is not a bad thing because everybody wants to be part of it and everybody gives their best but we do struggle a bit. For that, it is important to win and keep a clean sheet so we keep ongoing. If you think we have a normal week to prepare, I can tell you it is not like this.”

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira: “It was frustrating to concede the goal like that at the end. We knew we needed to defend well as a team for 95 minutes and I think we did it quite well. It just shows the quality of the teams of Chelsea and how important it is to keep concentration higher for all the game but we didn’t. To get punished like this is hard for the players to take.”

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