2020-21 English Premier League
  • Ben Chilwell (50')
  • Kurt Zouma (66')
  • Jorginho (78' PEN, 82' PEN)

Chilwell shines with goal, assist as Chelsea hit four past Crystal Palace

Ben Chilwell scored one and assisted another on his Premier League debut with Chelsea as they secured a 4-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Chilwell and Kurt Zouma scored while Jorginho converted two penalties in the second half to ease pressure off manager Frank Lampard after two disappointing results.

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Chelsea move into the top four with the win while Palace suffer back-to-back defeats in the league.

Chelsea dominated possesion in the first half but were restricted to few clear cut chances due to Palace's resolute defending.

The hosts opened the scoring five minutes after the break when Chilwell reacted first to a rebound in the box and smashed the ball into the net.

Chelsea doubled their lead when Zouma converted Chilwell's cross with a looping header.

Chelsea were awarded two penalties in the space of five minutes late on and Jorginho scored them both.

"The first half was frustrating but we didn't really create enough," Chilwell told BBC after the match.

"At half-time we spoke about being a bit more creative and taking a few more chances in the final third and we came out sharp in the second half and scored four very good goals.

"The biggest plus from today -- scoring a four goals is great but a clean sheet is perfect for us going into the international break. It's a good sign of things to come."

Lampard made six changes to the team that salvaged a 3-3 draw after being 3-0 behind at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, four of them at the back as he gave league debuts to Chilwell and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

"First half we started well, we came off it a little bit," he told BT Sport. "We needed a bit more. It was great for us to get four goals.

"Just the urgency of our game needed more. We needed to get Ben Chilwell into the game. We can't allow Palace's back four to say dealing with Chelsea's front line was easy.

"Ben Chilwell was fantastic today. His ability to be so high up the pitch, and that's not a bad thing, and his great quality on the ball. The lads who have come in have all had issues so we need to give them time but Ben has shown what he's all about."

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester City 37 +72 90
2 Liverpool 37 +66 89
3 Chelsea 36 +42 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 +24 68
5 Arsenal 37 +9 66
6 Manchester United 37 +1 58
7 West Ham United 37 +11 56
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 -3 51
9 Leicester City 36 0 48
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 37 -4 48
11 Brentford 37 -7 46
12 Newcastle United 37 -19 46
13 Crystal Palace 36 +4 45
14 Aston Villa 36 -1 44
15 Southampton 37 -21 40
16 Everton 36 -20 36
17 Leeds United 37 -38 35
18 Burnley 36 -18 34
19 Watford 37 -42 23
20 Norwich City 37 -56 22