Luka Milivojevic has called on his Palace teammates to show “more belief” in their upcoming games against Tottenham and Manchester United after coming up short against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
The Serbian started for the Eagles against Maurizio Sarri’s still unbeaten Blues and saw plenty across the course of 90 minutes to feel as though we have enough quality to take the game to Tottenham when they visit Selhurst Park on Saturday evening.
Whilst we were undoubtedly second best over the course of yesterday’s contest, the fact that we dragged ourselves back into the game thanks to Andros Townsend’s leveller early in the second half proves that there are goals in the side when we play with positivity in the final third, looking to break lines and test opposition defences straight out of midfield.
Admittedly, the lack of an out-and-out striker is a major concern which will need to be rectified in the January window but having emerged reenergised to begin the second period, it was clear that with Townsend acting as a willing runner, we were capable of causing the hosts real problems. Of course, a true attacking focal point will always be preferable but for the eight weeks or so, we have no choice but to make the best of what we’ve got.
Whether or not Roy Hodgson chooses to stick with the same eleven who started at Stamford Bridge for the visit of Pochettino’s Spurs remains to be seen but having watched both Jordan Ayew and Alexander Sørloth do little to stake a claim for a staring berth against Middlesbrough or Chelsea respectively, I wouldn’t back against Townsend and Zaha being asked to operate as a makeshift front two again.
We live in hope.