Kante strike earns Chelsea slim win at Crystal Palace

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Meanwhile, TUKO.co.ke previously had reported thatChelsea defeated Crystal Palace 1-0on Sunday, December, 31 courtesyof N'Golo Kante scored his third goal of the season. With Wednesday's meeting with Southampton the start of a run of seven games in January, Sarri was left hoping Giroud's injury was not as bad as first feared. Yesterday in ten minutes we had three injuries - Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek and Drinkwater - then Giroud today, and today we were already without Pedro and Hudson-Odoi.

Kante broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when his darting run into the Palace penalty area was spotted by defender David Luiz who fed the France World Cup victor to score from close range. If it is serious, don't be surprised if we push forward with our interest in signing a new striker this January.

"In the last few days we were a but unlucky".

The Guardian's Dominic Fifield is among those reporting that Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and Fulham all want Solanke for the second half of the campaign, while Brighton have been pursuing a full transfer.

Chelsea laboured for long spells against a disciplined but relatively unambitious Palace side, hitting the post twice in the first half from Willian's curling free kick and Ross Barkley's overhead kick from a corner. Luiz told Sky Sports.

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Not content with being the driving force in the engine room of Chelsea's midfield, Kante is making a habit of spotting gaps in opposition defences and proved he is adapting to his more advanced role this season with a worthy match-winning goal.

"He is improving, especially in his movement without the ball", Sarri said of Kante. Chelsea were really very good.

"It was very hard at the end of the game but we were able to fight and get the win".

He continued: "We now need continuity because in the last five matches we played very well in three, and badly in two, so now is the moment to have continuity".

"We haven't had very good physical impact, so we are in trouble in the box".