Conor Gallagher conveys a message as Mauricio Pochettino explains a crucial Chelsea addition.

According to the report from, The blues head coach Mauricio Pochettino was highly critical of Chelsea’s first-half performance against Crystal Palace but welcomed a victory that “built confidence.” Chelsea picked up where they left off from a fine win over Aston Villa in last Wednesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay by beating Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Monday night.

On the one hand, Crystal Palace led 1-0 at the break in the London derby, but Conor Gallagher levelled for Chelsea against his former club shortly after the break and then scored again in stoppage time. A win that moved Chelsea up into 10th place in the table was quickly confirmed when Enzo Fernandez added a late third goal.

Reflecting on Chelsea’s poor start, Pochettino said: “Very flat, the first 45 minutes. Very disappointed with the performance. That is the challenge: we cannot perform in this way.

“So flat, so flat. We cannot play in this way. “The second half we started really well. We scored. And, yes, it was a tough game, but in the end I’m so pleased. “This type of game, even if you don’t win, you play 45 minutes the way we wanted. I think it’s useful to build our confidence and to realise that we need to prepare ourselves. To be consistent is the most important thing in the Premier League.

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“We changed tactically to use a striker. We tried to put Malo Gusto and Ben Chilwell higher and to use [them as] wing-backs. We tried to use Enzo in the hole like a No10. “It helped to play quicker and score a goal soon in the second half. It was a second half that was really good.”

Gallagher was awarded man of the match for his two-goal performance at Selhurst Park. He told Sky Sports: “I always try and run as far as I can for the team. “Today was really important after a a great performance against Villa the other day. Hopefully we can continue this form.”

Gallagher’s career was boosted by a successful loan spell at Selhurst Park during the 2021/22 season. He said of scoring twice against his former team: “I do love them [Palace]. That’s the thing, it’s sad. I’m sorry Palace fans.”

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