Pochettino explains why Chelsea struggled to break down Crystal Palace in the first half

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Chelsea picked up yet another important win on the road for the second time in as many games, after beating Crystal Palace 3-1 on Monday night.

Conor Gallagher’s second-half brace, and a goal from Enzo Fernandez ensured the win, as the Blues returned to winning ways in the Premier League, and moved up to 10th on the table.

It was however not an easy outing for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who were forced to sweat for the win by the hosts.

After going ahead in the 30th minute through Jefferson Lerma, Palace frustrated Chelsea, and made it impossible for them to register a single shot at goal in the first half.

Asked to break down why his side struggled in the first half, Pochettino told beIN Sports: “We started really flat. We showed lack of intensity. It was a really tough first 45 minutes. It was really tough to break down the low block of Palace.

“I think lack of intensity, lack of quality also. Moving the ball slowly, we didn’t find the place to move the ball quickly and find the space to break down the low block.

“[There were] a few situations that didn’t give us the possibility to move the ball quick and create chances.”

The 51-year-old also told the BBC: “The energy wasn’t the right energy and the intensity we showed was not great.

“We dominated but we played so slowly and they way we conceded, we cannot allow to give this type of option to the opponent.”