Roy Hodgson defends defensive set up against Chelsea

Football-30 December 19:56 GMT

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson revealed that he put up a defensive set up of his side as Chelsea would have handed them a heavy defeat and sought to stifle the blues than go on the attack.

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 “If we’d have wanted to be beaten 4-0 or 5-0, possibly yes. Chelsea were really very good. He told the club website

“Our first half was disciplined and focused and we limited their goalscoring chances. We were not able to get the ball from them. But if you open yourselves up, you can see them exploit the space.”

“That’s what we did but it didn’t work as we didn’t score. It was the sort of game where we could have played better on the ball, and they were very, very good in terms of their organisation and structure, so it was going to be a tight game if we could keep it tight. That’s why we lost the game 1-0 and not by a lot of goals.”

Despite the defeat, Hodgson was impressed with his side’s defensive display that held Chelsea at bay for long periods of the contest, but admitted that Maurizio Sarri’s team’s quality on the ball mean that chances were always going to be at a premium for the Eagles.

Reflecting further on the game, he added: “They were very good, but in the first half our discipline was very focussed and we limited their goalscoring chances, and apart from their offside goal I thought we did quite well.

“After they scored the goal we missed two opportunities but we couldn’t get hold of the ball enough as they kept it too well and we weren’t able to get it from them.”


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