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Wilfried Zaha - I'm Confident with Our Game Plan

3 November 2018

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha spoke ahead of Sunday's clash away to Chelsea, suggesting that Palace can compete if they stick to their game plan.

He said, "It’s a difficult couple of games over the next couple of weeks but I’m confident every week, I feel like we’re good enough if we stick to our game plan.

"We've just prepared the same way we prepare for every game. [We need to] just play the game we always play no matter who we come up against, no matter if it’s Manchester United or Chelsea. If we play with confidence, that’s when your talent comes out. That’s what we did against Arsenal and it was a tight game."

Having won a penalty in a well-earned 2-2 draw with the Gunners last Sunday, Zaha suggested that Palace were unlucky not to have come away with more.

"To be honest, I feel like we could have won the Arsenal game. I feel like we should have won. But we’ll take a point because I’m sure no one thought we would [get one]. We just need to continue that same way."

When Palace last won against Chelsea in October 2017, the Ivorian scored the club's first goal of the season by a Palace player. He also netted the previous season in a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge. Crucially, he says, he hopes he can repeat the feats this week.

"It’s a great feeling [scoring against Chelsea], because obviously everywhere you go you’re an underdog or whatever so it’s a nice feeling: showing people that we are a lot better than they think we are. But scoring against an average team or a top team is the same thing for me, scoring a goal is an amazing feeling so it doesn’t matter who I score against. But, yeah, scoring against top teams and getting goals for Palace is a great feeling so hopefully I can get that feeling again on Sunday."

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