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Pochettino hails ‘priceless’ Gallagher after Chelsea comeback win

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Mauricio Pochettino stated match-winner Conor Gallagher is “priceless” to Chelsea after his two targets helped them to a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace within the Premier League on Monday night.

Chelsea went into the break 1-0 down after Jefferson Lerma’s wondergoal within the first half, however Gallagher scored only a minute into the second half after which a 91st minute winner to interrupt Palace’s resolve. Enzo Fernández added a 3rd within the 94th minute of the match as Chelsea got here away from Selhurst Park with three factors.

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Gallagher’s first noticed him end effectively off a Malo Gusto cross, whereas for the second he slotted residence neatly from the sting of the field to present Chelsea the win. “I believe he is a participant with a terrific dedication to the workforce, at all times attempting to compensate each single state of affairs,” Pochettino stated of Gallagher. “It is priceless to have a participant like him. I am so completely satisfied for him as it is a victory we wanted.”

Gallagher was linked with a transfer away from Chelsea within the January switch window however he stayed put. Along with his contract up on the finish of subsequent season, Gallagher’s long-term future is unsure, however Pochettino says Gallagher by no means entertained any considered transferring away from the membership final month.

“At all times he determined, what he stated to me was that he needed to remain at Chelsea,” Pochettino stated. “Nevertheless it’s about him and the membership. I’m not [worried about] a majority of these issues, he has one other yr on his contract. However that is a matter for him and the membership.”

Pochettino stated the membership would assess the severity of Thiago Silva’s groin harm on Tuesday after he was pressured off after 61 minutes, and stated Malo Gusto was fatigued reasonably than injured afterward.

Pochettino’s aspect headed into this match in inconsistent type. Of their prior three matches, they defeats within the Premier League to Liverpool and Wolves however their final match noticed them put collectively a powerful 3-1 victory at Aston Villa within the FA Cup. The problem on this journey to Selhurst Park was to play like they did in opposition to Villa, and never like they did of their final two Premier League outings.

Chelsea dominated possession within the first half however solely managed one shot astray, however then discovered a medical edge within the second half as soon as Pochettino had shifted to 2 up entrance with Christopher Nkunku approaching at half-time for Noni Madueke.

From there they put collectively their match-winning efficiency, taking part in with the identical sort of depth they did in opposition to Villa. The problem for Chelsea is to proceed looking for a 90-minute displaying. “That is the consistency which we have to change,” Pochettino stated.

“We have to begin the sport a distinct method, we have to attempt to be constant to play and carry out at all times in the best way how we carried out in opposition to Aston Villa. It is not simple, however that is the problem. We would have liked the three factors and I am more than happy.”

Chelsea now journey to Manchester Metropolis on Sunday after which have the Carabao Cup closing in opposition to Liverpool on February 25.

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