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Willian's huge recent form has not escaped Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, who lauded the Brazilian as "fantastic" after he scored and starred in Saturday's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Patrick van Aanholt grabbed a consolation in stoppage time but it mattered little in the grand scheme of things and Chelsea moved to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham ahead of their trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.

Palace lie in the relegation zone, but a result against Antonio Conte's side will see them climb out of the drop.

The defeat leaves the Eagles stranded in 18th place, one point adrift of Southampton in 17th.

Chelsea themselves lost to Manchester City and Manchester United in their last two games and will be desperate to get back to winning ways at home this weekend.

Palace's last win in the Premier League came in mid-January when they beat Burnley.

Chelsea travel to Camp Nou having rescued a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last time out and Conte acknowledges his team will be facing one of the world's best sides.

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Hodgson said: "It's a shame that we didn't play the whole of the game as we played the second half". Antonio Conte has cut a disgruntled figure throughout the campaign and it would be something of a surprise if the Italian remained in charge at Stamford Bridge next season.

Much has been spoken about Liverpool's potent attack in the build-up, but United boast threats of their own and a front man coming into form as the season reaches a conclusion. It is an important game and we want to try to get three points.

Sorloth had a late effort ruled out for a foul as Chelsea, who brought on Pedro for Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko for Eden Hazard as they seemed set to coast to the finishing line.

"We have to show great resilience", Conte continued.

"Against City, there is the possibility to lose the game". They have fantastic players and are a brilliantly run club, a powerful club.

"We can only hope that we can reproduce the recent performances against similar opponents, and give them as good a game as we did against Spurs and [Manchester] United". David Luiz, Ross Barkley and Ethan Ampadu are, however, all sidelined. They are expected to be without the likes of Connor Wickham, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bakary Sako, Julian Speroni and Mamadou Sakho.


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