One of the greatest pleasures I’ve taken from the immediate fallout to Crystal Palace’s weekend win over Chelsea has been the number of instances in which their own fans arrogance has left them with egg smeared across their faces.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 14, 2017
As you can see from the video linked just above, that sense of unashamed cockiness wasn’t just reserved for the Blues’ supporters this weekend, with Chelsea’s official Twitter page getting in on the act in the build-up to the game. The montage, which is packaged as nothing more than a statistical preview of the game in question, takes a number of blatant shots at Palace’s start to the season, giving the impression of a walkover for Antonio Conte’s men.
The tone of the video was so obvious that plenty of Chelsea fans bemoaned the club’s decision to put it up at all before the game kicked off, predicting that karma was likely to come back to bite them following a show of such public confidence before travelling to an away game in the Premier League.
Palace talisman and Man of the Match on the day Wilfried Zaha said in an extended interview with Gabby Logan recently that he fully expected the Eagles to climb the table in the coming weeks given the quality they possess and thanks to his return to the starting XI, he was left looking like a fortune teller by the time the game was brought to a close.
The performance was, from first minute until last, the sort of display Palace fans have become accustomed to seeing when the players are at their best. Packed full of energy and spirit with a clear tactical plan behind their collective work, it provided a solid defensive rearguard with potency and pace on our side in attack. The decision to play the aforementioned Zaha as a striker with the incredibly energetic Andros Townsend was a true masterstroke, leaving Chelsea’s defenders unsure as to how they should approach things from the very first kick.
To have put the above video up and lost is embarrassing for Chelsea, to have published it and then failed to match up against our players so obviously throughout the game has left them looking ludicrously arrogant.
Still, it’s given a fair few Palace fans a decent laugh over the weekend.
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