Can Alvaro Morata be prolific for Chelsea? Talking points about win over Crystal Palace

Can Alvaro Morata be prolific for Chelsea? Talking points about win over Crystal Palace
Alvaro Morata celebrates his second goal against Crystal Palace

Alvaro Morata celebrates his second goal against Crystal Palace

Alvaro Morata produced a match-winning double against Crystal Palace Chelsea need to sustain a title challenge? Peter Smith picks out the talking points from the Blues' latest win …

Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea after they came through 3-1 over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

This successful run, a joint-record for a new manager for the division, underlines the impressive impact the Italian boss has had in London and Chelsea look like title contenders once more.

Here, from Alvaro Morata's morale-boosting double and another positive performance from Marcos Alonso, to Eden Hazard's latest masterclass and a midfield puzzle for the manager to ponder, we pick out talking points from Chelsea's win …

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Morata scores his second Chelsea game 2-1 up

Morata scores his second Chelsea game 2-1 up

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It has been a scored in the back-to-back League games for the Blues and even longer since the same time in the same Premier League game, but a first-half snapshot and well-taken second 25 minutes from Real Madrid and Juventus striker possesses.

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Highlights from Chelsea's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

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Hazard's instant impact

Maurizio Sarri, who was on the bench for a while, made his way back to Eden Hazard. The Belgian may have missed Chelsea's past three matches with a back problem and only had a couple of days training under his belt.

In his first 91 seconds on the field, he took the ball deep into the Palace territory by exchanging passages with Morata, N'Golo Kante and Pedro, a free-kick, a dusty self off and curled the ball to the back post for Morata to fire Chelsea back in front.

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Maurizio Sarri felt Eden Hazard's introduction to Chelsea's match against Crystal Palace was key to securing the 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri felt Eden Hazard's introduction to Chelsea's match against Crystal Palace was key to securing the 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

"He protects the ball brilliantly," said Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith – and his quality deliveries into the danger zone.

That's 11 goal involvements in his past 10 appearances for Hazard now, (seven goals, four assists). Chelsea become a better team when he is on the field.

Alonso's attacking threat

Marcos Alonso's attacking contributions but warned he would have to improve defensively ,

While Alonso made more tackles than any other player on the pitch on Sunday, that side of his game will be more rigorously tested by Tottenham and Manchester City in the coming weeks. Instead, against Palace Sarri allows him to roam into.

Most chances created – Premier League defenders 2018/19

Player club Chances created
Marcos Alonso Chelsea 14
Jonny Wolves 12
Andrew Robertson Liverpool 12
Matt Doherty Wolves 12

Only Jorginho had more touches of the ball, underlining Alonso's influence on Chelsea's play, and only the Italian had more touches in the opposition. With all that involvement, Alonso launches a game-high five crosses into the box and tees up Pedro for Chelsea's third.

Remarkably, that third assist of the season for Alonso means he has broken his Premier League tally for last season in just 11 run outs this term. It is unlikely to be the last one to pay attention to.

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Midfield question for Sarri

Given edge's impact on the premier league with Leicester and Chelsea, it is perhaps an odd moment to see him in a less familiar role under Sarri, further forward in midfield, charged with creating chances and shaking the ball in advanced areas, rather than just Winning it back.

Sarri's midfield mastermind Jorginho to sit in front of the backline and dictate play like a quarterback, as he did so successfully at Napoli. With Chelsea on a successful run of results, it is a move which is working.

N'Golo Kante has been pressed forward into a more advanced position this season

N'Golo Kante has been pressed forward into a more advanced position this season

Fabulous and Mateo Kovacic on the bench, could Sarri be tempted to turn to a more skilled ball player than edge when Chelsea are struggling to find a way through the likes of Palace? Or alternatively swap edge back into the holding role when the going gets tough?

"Sarii wants Jorginho as that pivot, that's Andrea Pirlo, if you like, getting the team onto the front foot," said Sky Sports' Alan Smith. "But what do you do then the defensive nous, the ability to dash across 10 yards, as we saw edge so often over the last couple of years, and get his foot in."

It is a question which sarri wants to answer the line – but for now, he is no doubt.

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