Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew admits that Cesc Fabregas destroyed his side with his passing on Sunday at Selhurst Park.
It was Fabregas’ through ball that released Diego Costa to set up Oscar for the Blues’ opener.
“When you’ve got a very, very good team and their confidence isn’t what it was, you’ve got more of a chance,” Pardew told Sky Sports.
“But when they take the lead, their confidence gets up, their tails get up, Fabregas ran the show [in the] second half, we couldn’t get near him.”
Most passes completed in Premier League this weekend: Cesc Fàbregas (91) Danny Drinkwater (75) John Obi Mikel (75) Toby Alderweireld (70)
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“We have belief about us but there’s no doubt we’re lacking a little bit of quality at the top of the pitch at the moment. That was evident. We got in some good situations but couldn’t capitalise,” he said.
“It’s our third game without a goal, so we’re hoping a few of our top players come back in that area.
“[The first goal] was vital for us as much as them. We had so many key players missing we perhaps needed a little break or a chance to go in. The game could’ve been very different at 1-0, when Wilf [Wilfried Zaha] has the chance.
“But hats off to Chelsea, they were very, very good. A lot of their star players turned up and delivered.”