Analysis

5 things that made us think after Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

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4) Chelsea are out of depth when out of their depth

One criticism that can be levelled at Jose Mourinho is his squad management. His charges always speak highly of their manager's man-management skills, and that certainly applies to the 14 or 15 players who make up the core of the squad. He likes working with a small unit, and has been successful. But over the past 18 months or so, Chelsea have let go of a number of useful squad players (albeit for a tidy total sum), from Kevin De Bruyne to the loaned-out Juan Cuadrado, via Andre Schurrle, Filipe Luis, Mohamed Salah and more. 

The result is that they lack depth in the event of injuries, but more importantly, they lack alternatives when a game turns against them. Falcao scored as a substitute and 19-year-old Kenedy looked lively but Mourinho's other options – with no injury crisis to speak of – were limited to Ruben Loftus-Cheek (who replaced Nemanja Matic for the final 20 minutes), Rahman, Loic Remy and John Obi Mikel. It's not a bad bench, but it's not a title-winning one either. It could be argued that Crystal Palace had better options in reserve, not least as Bolasie came off the sidelines to create both goals.