Chelsea suffer shock loss as Spurs close in

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The Premier League finally resumed yesterday after the worldwide break and the biggest shock came at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea lost 2-1 to 16th-place Crystal Palace. The great Man City from the first 15 minutes against Arsenal, where they ripped them to shreds?

Parish says that he plans to hold talks on an improved deal in the summer, as long as Palace stay in the Premier League.

Chelsea now face a pivotal spell, starting with the visit of Manchester City on Wednesday, and I fully expect them to drop more points during the next three games.

They've failed to score in just five of the 22 games that Benteke and Zaha have started.

Chelsea failed to avoid defeat against Palace despite boasting a close to full-strength team and having nearly 80 minutes in which to turn the game around.

Chelsea's defeat and Spurs' 2-0 win at Burnley, means the gap at the top of the ladder is now seven points with nine games remaining for the top two.

Cesc Fabregas gave Chelsea a fifth-minute lead, but the excellent Wilfried Zaha equalised four minutes later and Benteke struck Palace's second after 11 minutes.

They have kept their winning run going despite the injury to Harry Kane, which has proven to them that their form and conviction is not dependent on one player, even if he is their top scorer.

"Every game will be very tough from now until the end, whether the opponent is Man City or a team fighting near the relegation zone".

There's now an obvious handful of clubs who look safe from dropping - before games in hand are played, just three points separate seven clubs from Southampton to Crystal Palace.

"We have to continue in the same way to work, to prepare every game in the right way, and to keep concentration". If we had won we would have been happy, but now we must focus on Manchester City.

Interviewed by Belgian channel Play Sports alongside global team-mate and Palace striker Christian Benteke, Hazard said: "There is nothing to say [on my future]".

"With Jordan you have to get more bodies in the box to help him, and we did not really do that in the first half against Middlesbrough. To get that we need to win games".

Allardyce - who also challenged Zaha to aspire to the level of Hazard - added: "It's an absolutely outstanding victory for us, particularly in the position we're in".

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