Manchester City's 7-2 drubbing of Stoke City on Saturday made them the first team to score 29 goals in the opening eight games of a top-flight campaign since Everton in 1894-95.
Heavy defeats to Manchester City and Manchester United appeared to confirm that Palace were simply cannon fodder for the biggest teams. "When I decided to use him in the midfielder against Tottenham, it could be an option if I play with three midfielders".
"He chased a pretty hopeless-looking ball at the end and we got something from it. That meant we kept the ball in their half of the field and those are the things you really appreciate as a coach".
"I'm off to Southampton to watch Newcastle play tomorrow, so my wife who is accompanying me can't say that I never give her a day out".
"For sure it's a muscular problem, a hamstring", Conte told a news conference on Friday. We want to try and be competitive in all competitions, but it won't be easy'. "They are big losses for us but we have to accept the situation and try to do our best". "Since the Man City game I put some white in my hair".
"I hope to have him back very soon, I hope for the next game against Roma", the Chelsea boss confirmed. It's important to challenge yourself like that because that's the way you're going to progress as a player'. Chelsea's best chance in the final 20 minutes fell to Marcos Alonso, who watched his header stopped on the line by Speroni.
Chelsea pushed for an equaliser in the second-half, with Fabregas hitting the bar and Charley Musonda failing to beat Julian Speroni in the Palace goal. "Now, for sure, it's not an easy moment for us but I think it's important to find a solution and not look for excuses".
That is the view of former Arsenal defender and BT Sport pundit Martin Keown. "Each is its own particular story", he said.
"Drinkwater is progressing well, but he will take time to recover".
'It's important we get the right result because we don't want to lose any ground on the leaders at this stage.
The home side managed to hold on for a monumental victory, which may be the spark they needed to kickstart their season.