Mauricio Pochettino lauded Conor Gallagher’s match-winning performance as “priceless” after the midfielder’s brace propelled Chelsea to a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League clash on Monday evening.
Chelsea, trailing 1-0 at halftime courtesy of Jefferson Lerma’s stunning strike, staged a remarkable comeback in the second half. Gallagher swiftly equalized just a minute into the second half and then clinched the winner in the 91st minute. Enzo Fernández sealed the victory with a goal in the 94th minute, securing three crucial points for Chelsea at Selhurst Park.
Gallagher showcased his versatility with a well-taken finish from a Malo Gusto cross for his first goal, followed by a composed strike from the edge of the box for his second, securing Chelsea’s comeback victory.
Pochettino hailed Gallagher’s commitment to the team, emphasizing his invaluable contribution to Chelsea’s success. Despite transfer speculations in the January window, Gallagher remained loyal to Chelsea, reaffirming his dedication to the club’s cause.
Regarding Thiago Silva’s injury, Pochettino mentioned the club would evaluate the severity of the groin injury on Tuesday. He also clarified that Malo Gusto’s substitution was due to fatigue rather than injury.
Reflecting on Chelsea’s performance, Pochettino highlighted the need for consistency throughout the entire match. He emphasized the importance of replicating the intensity displayed against Aston Villa to achieve sustained success in future matches.
Looking ahead, Chelsea faces a challenging fixture against Manchester City before the Carabao Cup final clash against Liverpool on February 25.
On the opposing side, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson expressed disappointment following the defeat. Despite their injury woes, Hodgson remains optimistic about Crystal Palace’s survival prospects in the Premier League.
With pivotal matches against Everton and Burnley on the horizon, Hodgson remains confident in his team’s abilities to secure crucial points and move away from the relegation zone.
As the Premier League season unfolds, the spotlight remains on Chelsea’s resurgence and Crystal Palace’s quest for survival amidst injury challenges and intense competition in the league.