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Havertz and Pulisic react after Chelsea 4-1 win over Crystal Palace.

  • Havertz opened the scoring before Pulisic and Zouma added more goals.

  • Chelsea scored more than two goals for the first time under Tuchel.

Havertz and Pulisic scored within 10 minutes at Selhurst Park [Getty]
Havertz and Pulisic scored within 10 minutes at Selhurst Park [Getty]

FT: Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea.

Kai Havertz was happy he opened the scoring and put in a brilliant performance against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening. The Germany international was in fine form as the Blues eased to a 4-1 triumph over Palace in south London. The 21-year-old, who has been under immense scrutiny following his move from Bayern Leverkusen to Stamford Bridge for a reported fee of £72m, broke the deadlock at Selhurst Park in the 8th minute with a sublime curling effort and USA international Christian Pulisic doubled the lead two minutes after. The west London club could have scored more as they dominated the first half, with Havertz hassling the Eagles defence at every opportunity he had. Kurt Zouma headed home his fifth goal of the season from a free-kick to make it 3-0 on the half-an-hour mark as Roy Hodgson’s struggled to keep up with their opponent. Palace eventually responded in the 62nd minute via Christian Benteke, who found the net with a header, but Pulisic registered his second shortly afterwards to wrap up the victory. After the match, Harvetz said the ‘most important thing’ was to win.’

While speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "Of course I'm happy but the most important thing is that we won. It was a good game from us, we could've scored more goals but we are really happy.

"In my position you always want to score. It wasn't easy, we created many chances and we maybe should've scored more but we are happy. I think I have the freedom to go where I want to go and I hope I can continue like that. In the second half, I had one or two good chances to score but of course, I'm happy. "It's always easy to play with players that have this quality but after winning 4-1, it's easy to say you are a good attacking team - but we have to go again and after the season we can speak about it. "I think I have to prove it in more games but I will give my best and try to improve and I will continue like that." Pulisic, who scored a brace, admitted that Chelsea ‘are ready for the challenge' coming ahead.

He told BBC’s MOTD: "We had a tough day [against West Brom]. We won't win every game but the way we responded we're definitely happy. "The first 20-30 minutes felt really strong from us. We were playing very aggressive and that drove us through the game." When asked about his lack of goals coming into this game, he replied: "It's tough to say. There has been a lot of things going on this season but I will work hard to do my best in any way I can. I was happy I was able to do that today." On Chelsea’s chances of securing a top-four place, he asserted: "It's going to be tight I think. We need to put some good results together. We are ready for this challenge."



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