Pulisic keeps up scoring run for Chelsea in win over Palace

Tanya Simon
November 10, 2019

"It's that step up - a lot of us want to make that step up and prove we are ready".

Reece James battles with Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha.

Lampard named Chelsea's youngest-ever Premier League starting lineup, which featured the likes of James, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori - all of whom have enjoyed a fantastic start to the campaign. "I think we deserved it in the end".

"I just felt today was a game that we can get Reece some minutes because he's deserving of them the way he's training and playing and, with Zaha, what better test".

"Crystal Palace are a good side, they defend well as a team and they frustrated our style of play".

Mateo Kovacic's dribble and pass in an all-star performance found Willian, whose deft touch left Abraham one-on-one to beat Vicente Guaita. His goal was the fifth in the Premier League, all in his last three games, and already the most he has scored in five league seasons in Europe.

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Reaching double figures puts him level with Jamie Vardy in the Golden Boot race and he is the first Englishman to reach 10 goals in a league season for Chelsea since Lampard in 2012-13.

And Pulisic made it 2-0 with 12 minutes remaining, heading home from close range when the ball broke kindly to the American following a well-worked move.

Pulisic's impressive form has mirrored Chelsea's, but the 21-year-old said he could not take his performances for granted.

There was even a late cameo for Billy Gilmour who appears to be the chosen one for Lampard from the next group of teenagers coming through at the brilliant Cobham academy building. Pulisic ensured Chelsea's sixth consecutive league win in the 79th with a header when Michy Batshuayi's shot was deflected and looped into the air. Roy Hodgson's team has been competitive against every team it's faced this season and believes it has enough firepower to pull off the upset against a vulnerable Chelsea defense that just conceded four goals to Ajax.

Pulisic, who has now scored five goals in Chelsea's last three Premier League games, wrapped up the victory with his 79th-minute strike, heading in after substitute Michy Batshuayi's blocked shot bounced up for the United States global.

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