Sarri backs 'fragile' Morata after Chelsea win

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The Blues laboured to fifth-place and finished 30 points behind champions City last season; playing underwhelming football throughout a campaign the was overshadowed by reports of rift between Chelsea players and former manager Antonio Conte.

Substitute Eden Hazard marked his return from a back injury by delivering the free-kick for Morata to fire his second before Pedro put the game out of Palace's reach.

Morata gave Chelsea the lead by finishing well after good work from Pedro, but Palace levelled when a one-two with James McArthur caught David Luiz out of position and Andros Townsend beat Kepa Arrizabalaga with a fine drive.

After a fast start to his Chelsea career after a then club record £60 million move from Real Madrid previous year, Morata had scored just twice in 20 Premier League games before netting in last month's 3-0 win at Southampton.

"I think we have the same problems [I had early on in Italy] but the quality of the players is very high so they are able to win matches [without a] good defensive phase".

Barkley was one of the best players in the Premier League throughout the month of October. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have been slightly underwhelming with just two wins and six defeats. Against Crystal Palace though, Morata could get the nod, considering he netted at Burnley last weekend. He has to play for the team, with his [team] mates, without thinking about goals.

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Roy Hodgson paired Townsend with Wilfried Zaha in attack but despite the duo offering plenty of pace on the break they were starved of opportunities to show their speed.

The Belgian global returned to training on Thursday but Sarri says he's not ready to play the full ninety minutes just yet so Hazard may have to make-do with a place on the bench. He improved also from a tactical and technical point of view. Chelsea go 3-1 up!

It was a golden chance for Morata to silence his critics by taking home the matchball, but it did not have an impact on the result as Chelsea ran out comfortable winners to ensure that three teams remain unbeaten after 11 games of a Premier League season for the first time.

The set-back paved the way for a double change as talisman Eden Hazard and Matteo Kovacic came on to change the dynamics of the game.

Chelsea have been in formidable goalscoring form in the Premier League this season, scoring 24 goals in their 10 games so far.

Crystal Palace have had Chelsea's number recently, winning two of the past three matches, but Sarri's side should be too much on Sunday.

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