The Thomas Tuchel's men narrowly claimed 3 points at Selhurst Park Stadium this evening, as they defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 at their home. Of course, the Eagles played with a high level of winning spirit, but the Blues outplayed them throughout the 90 minutes, as Hakim Ziyech rescued the West London club.
Meanwhile, there are two players Chelsea shouldn't play against Lille on Tuesday, as regards their performances against Crystal Palace this evening. Apparently, Chelsea will be clashing against the Ligue 1 side in the 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League round of 16 fixtures. Nevertheless, Thomas Tuchel shouldn't start these two players below, so as to comfortably win at Stamford Bridge next week.
In all fairness, this is unusual for the Frenchman, because he's indeed a very consistent player, but he wasn't himself at Selhurst Park Stadium today, so Chelsea shouldn't play him against Lille next week. N'Golo Kante was totally off on the pitch this evening, as he lost possession 10 times, with just 1 interception, 2 tackles, and 0 clearances. The Frenchman completed 5 of his ground duels and 1 of his aerial duels. Apparently, starting him in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 fixtures on Tuesday isn't wise, because Lille are able to press and frustrate Chelsea more than Crystal Palace. Kante is indeed a wonderful player, but he shouldn't start against Lille next week, so as to win at Stamford Bridge.
Obviously, the American captain was seriously poor today, even though Thomas Tuchel gave him a free role (No.10) on the pitch. Of course, he was amazing against Palmeiras in the FIFA Club World Cup last Saturday, but he failed to continue his brilliant form this evening. Christian Pulisic had 0 key passes, 0 shots on target, missed 1 big chance, committed 4 fouls, and lost possession 19 times. Aside from that, Pulisic won 5 of his ground duels, indicating that he didn't play a significant role on the pitch against Crystal Palace. As a result, Thomas Tuchel shouldn't start him on Tuesday, as he can head back to the formation of 3-4-3, with Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz, and Hakim Ziyech up front.