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Sarri delighted with Chelsea triumph: I'm very proud to coach this team

Chelsea counted on two-goal Alvaro Morata for their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Morata's first-half strike was cancelled out by Andros Townsend as Chelsea struggled to subdue their vibrant visitors, for whom Wilfried Zaha starred.

But Eden Hazard, back from a three-game absence with a back problem, provided the striker's second with his first touch, sending over a free-kick which Morata expertly diverted into the net.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri stated: "I'm really very proud but I'm proud to be coach of this team. The record is not the record of the coach but the team. I was lucky because I have very good players and in the last two months they were able to win without a great level of organisation from the tactical point of view.

"At the beginning we knew there was a gap of 30 points from last season. At the moment we need only to think about trying to recover a large part of the gap. I hope to recover almost all of it but I don't know. It's difficult to recover 30 points but we are trying."

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