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Hodgson - Chelsea Task Is Huge But We Can Compete

2 November 2018

Roy Hodgson looked ahead to Sunday's game against Chelsea, iterating that it will not be an easy match but that his Crystal Palace side are good enough to compete with the league's top teams.

He said, "The task is a daunting one because they’re unbeaten. That’s an incredibly good start to the season and they’ve done that playing good football. We can’t disguise the enormity of the task, we can’t try to make out it’s going to be easier than it’s going to be but we’ve played Liverpool here, we’ve played Arsenal - there’s two teams in the same ballpark as Chelsea, two very good teams. And on both occasions I think we played well and did more than just compete.

"We know that at our best, when we play our best and work as hard as we did against Arsenal we can make life difficult for even the very best of teams and we’ll have to try and do the same again against Chelsea. Because we’re playing a team once again with an awful lot of extremely good players who can hurt you at any moment."

Palace travel to Stamford Bridge for a 4.00pm kick-off this Sunday looking to build on their 2-2 draw with Arsenal last week.

The Eagles have won three of their previous six games against Chelsea, scoring eight times. Hodgson explained how Palace can and will try to tackle the game offensively.

"We tend to play on the front foot, we go toe-to-toe for the best part and on some occasions like in the second half against Arsenal, we’re not only toe-to-toe but we’re the dominant team on the field. So nothing will change in that respect. I don’t ever prepare for teams or managers who underestimate us."

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