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The reigning champions are in danger of being dropped out of the top four in the league ladder at the end of the season.
The horrendous run of four defeats in last five Premier League outings has leaven Antonio Conte’s men five points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place and the Blues just don’t have the luxury of affording a slip-up here in the last game of the day against local rivals Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s players will have the Champions League fixture with Barcelona (to be played next week at Camp Nou) in mid, and getting it out of their heads for this clash with the Glaziers will be the main task for the Italian manager.
The situation in the dressing room has been poor as most players generally dislike Conte’s defensive minded approach without a real striker in the lineup.
This was exactly the strategy the Italian used in the clash with Manchester City last weekend and Chelsea’s star man Eden Hazard was clearly not satisfied with such decision according to his post-game interview.
Nonetheless, the Blues will be up against the out-of-form opposition here as Crystal Palace have lost three on the bounce in the Premier League coming into this match at Stamford Bridge.
The Glaziers were two goals up against the second-placed Manchester United on Monday evening, but they have allowed Mourinho’s side to make a brutal second-half comeback and eventually win the game at Selhurst Park thanks to Nemanja Matic’s beautiful striker in the dying minutes of the game.