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Alvaro Morata slammed for his conduct at half-time in Crystal Palace win

Alvaro Morata slammed for his conduct at half-time in Crystal Palace win

"Later in the evening I will see the doctor for the first results (of a scan) but it (the main scan) will be tomorrow".

If it is serious, don't be surprised if we push forward with our interest in signing a new striker this January.

Chelsea's win took them five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal and they were largely comfortable before a late Palace rally in which Connor Wickham missed a great chance to equalise.

Kante broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when his darting run into the Crystal Palace penalty area was spotted by defender David Luiz.

The expectation is that Solanke will decide over the coming few days which team he'll make the switch to, with Palace said to be favourites as they play with two strikers.

Olivier Giroud fired home an angled half-volley only to be frustrated by an offside flag, and as the half-hour approached Palace scrambled clear when Eden Hazard's strike nearly found its way through to Giroud.

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Chelsea laboured for long spells against a disciplined but relatively unambitious Palace side, hitting the post twice in the first half from Willian's curling free kick and Ross Barkley's overhead kick from a corner.

Sarri added: "We have to play 19 matches, so other team's results are not important but it is crucial to have continuity. He's someone with the profile we're looking for, and the ability we are looking for, which once again today I thought we were sadly lacking".

Stuttgart are in trouble in the Bundesliga, sitting third bottom, and a lack of goals, with just 12 scored in 17 league games, has contributed to their woes.

Sarri said, "When we have to play against opponents who are very low, it's hard for the striker and wingers to find space".

"He is improving, especially in his movement without the ball", Sarri said of Kante.

"We played a very good match and for 85 minutes we were in full control".


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