Maurizio Sarri defends decision to sub substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi

N'golo Kante scores Chelsea's winning goal against Crystal Palace

It also marked Hudson-Odoi's first league appearance of the season.

Links with a move to Real Madrid for the Belgium global have persisted, with the winger recently refusing to be drawn on whether he would commit long term to Chelsea and extend a contract that expires at the end of next season.

The versatile attacking midfielder once again shone for the Blues during their 2-1 victory against Watford on Wednesday as he went on to bag a brace.

Olivier Giroud is also in contention should Sarri opt to move Hazard out wide, while there could also be an adjustment in midfield with Ross Barkley potentially coming in for Mateo Kovacic.

"We have two problems".

Hazard is out of contract in 2020 but the Chelsea attacker is yet to re-sign at Stamford Bridge amid ongoing speculation regarding a move to Madrid.

"We have adapted to the new system".

Maurizio Sarri defends decision to sub substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi

'Everything is going well.

"We did very well in our approach, and the level of attention and determination was very good for 90 minutes, with continuity".

Chelsea will be looking to cement their position in the top four with a win when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon.

Hazard has revealed that every time an opposing defender attempts to kick him out of action, he only grows stronger and more determined to conjure something special.

Asked if his recent comments about wanting to be a Chelsea FC legend mean that he will extend his stay, Hazard is quoted as saying by The Sun: "I am just focused on the pitch, I will see at the end of the season". "We thought it was better to substitute him".

"But I don't know the past so I can't say anything". No, because I don't have the power to do this.

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