Hodgson’s comments suggest Jason Puncheon’s Crystal Palace career is not over yet

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The Blues failed to find a second in a timely manner and subsequently provided Crystal Palace with an avenue back into the game.

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"I'll have to wait and see", Hodgson told Football.london.

He added: 'In the first week I saw some matches, Chelsea and some matches of Everton, but I wanted to see him on the pitch, ' said Sarri. He has great quality from the physical point of view and he's improving after the injury last season, and has improved from a tactical point of view. While the conventional wisdom at the start of the season was that only Liverpool could challenge Manchester City for the title, Chelsea have showed they are genuine contenders. "It is better to play and get experience".

Chelsea boss Sarri will equal the 11 Premier League matches without defeat that Clark racked up as the new manager of Nottingham Forest back in 1994, should the Blues avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

"If we want to be competitive and win something, then we need to be a solid team".

Wilfried Zaha has garnered a reputation for going down a bit too easily when up against an opposing defender and has been very vocal this season about requiring protection from the referees.

"For now, I have to send to my players the message that only this match is important".

Unsurprisingly, with Chelsea chasing a goal, Maurizio Sarri introduced Eden Hazard.

MF Ross Barkley, 6 - His least decisive performance of recent weeks, and was solid without ever threatening to be decisive before Mateo Kovacic replaced him in the 64th minute.

He estimated before the game that Eden Hazard could manage around 40 minutes; in the end he was given just over 30, but took only two to make an impact.

Wednesday's scrappy win in the Frank Lampard Clásico is unlikely to stop Maurizio Sarri ringing the changes on Sunday, but the Italian will no doubt have been pleased enough with what he saw.

As Sarrismo has Chelsea applying constant pressure on opposition defences, the Blues have nearly always managed to get at exhausted opponents as the game goes on - as shown with Barkley's 96th-minute equaliser against Manchester United.

Key Stat: Chelsea have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season than any other side (10).