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Chelsea revives EPL hopes before playing Barcelona

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Chelsea revived its hopes for a top-four spot with a 2-1 win over at the Stamford Bridge, reassuring the team prior to its match against in round of 16.

Antonio Conte's team, currently in the fifth spot in the EPL, bounced back from four defeats on Saturday, two of them -- against Manchester United and Manchester City -- in their last five matches, reports

Conte made few changes to his lineup, replacing Pedro with striker Olivier Giroud, while also calling upon Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Gary Cahill, Davide Zappacosta, N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Alonso, Willian and

Crystal Palace's defence did not even hold half an hour, with Chelsea's Willian scoring the first in the 25th minute.

Cutting inside from the left, Willian found an open space and scored with the help of a deflection by defender and the left post.

The Blues doubled their lead with a good dose of luck, when a cross from ricocheted off Wayne Hennessey, hitting defender before rolling into the right corner.

Chelsea remained in control of the match in the second half, finding several clear chances to score with shots by Eden Hazard, Willian and Olivier Giroud, which they failed to convert.

improved its game in the last minutes, when Chelsea had already decided to slow its pace.

With a few seconds left in regulation, Crystal Palace's scored an impeccable goal after a good play by

Chelsea's win now places the team at two-points from Tottenham, currently holding the Premier League's fourth spot.



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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 12:26 IST