Premier League leaders Chelsea suffered a shock 2-1 loss at the Stamford Bridge to Crystal Palace on Saturday (1/04/17).
Chelsea’s defeat enabled Tottenham Hotspur to cut the gap at the top to seven points after their 2-0 win at Burnley.
Such has been Chelsea’s dominance at home this season that once Cesc Fabregas had put them ahead after just five minutes, it all promised to be a smooth 11th straight home victory.
According to Reuters, two splendid goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke in three minutes soon after changed the complexion of the game with Palace then defending well to earn the unlikeliest of wins.
“We created many chances to score,” Conte said. “We dominated the game against a team, very strong with really good players. Yes, it’s a pity but today wasn’t our day.”
As far as the referee was concerned, Conte was circumspect about the Townsend handball. “It’s very difficult to see this situation. For sure, something … but it’s right also to ask the decision of the referee,” stated Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce:
“It’s ours to throw away now. At this moment in time we are safe but there’s still nine games to go.
“We must pick up as many points now. When we are mathematically safe we’ll look forward to the summer.”
Liverpool on the other hand won a feisty Merseyside derby against Everton 3-1 at Anfield to move into third place
Man of the match Zaha:
“I’m stunned. They’re top of the league. No one would expect us to come here and do that. I’m a happy man.
“We know there’s talent here, we just needed to work together. Everyone is seeing it now. We didn’t factor in this result but we had to believe in ourselves.
Allardyce is the first manager to win a Premier League game against Chelsea with four different clubs.