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'That's the mark of this team' - Dier, Sissoko, Vertonghen on Palace win

Posted on 27 April 2017  - 18:30

Eric Dier was the picture of despondency as he trudged out of the dressing room at Wembley on Saturday. The smile was back at Selhurst Park.

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Always one to wear his heart on his sleeve, Eric was crestfallen after such a good display was left without reward, and with it the chance to play in the FA Cup Final.

Of course, Chelsea then piled on more pressure in terms of the Premier League with a 4-2 win against Southampton on Tuesday night to move seven points clear.

That pressure had hardly eased as we reached half-time in a tough battle against Crystal Palace.

However, Mauricio Pochettino made changes and we dominated the second half, eventually breaking through when Christian Eriksen struck home from 30 yards with 12 minutes remaining.

That made it win number eight on the spin in the Premier League, took us to a new points high of 74 in the competition and made it 22 wins so far, already one better than our previous best.

As you'd expect, it was a completely different picture in the tunnel area...

Eric Dier

On the win
"It was really important to bounce straight back. That’s the mark of this team, a team that can lose and then bounce back with a win like this and we did that. It was really tough against an in-form Palace side and we knew it would be difficult here, one of the hardest fixtures we’ve got in the run-in so to win here is really important for us and now we’re looking forward to a massive game on Sunday."

Below: Eric tussles with James McArthur

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On his reaction as Christian's goal flew in
"There was a lot of relief there. It felt like one of those games where it was so difficult to break them down and it was going to take something like that to score. Last season it was Dele here and now it’s Christian’s turn. He’s playing fantastically well. We know he can do that and I’m delighted he managed to do that here tonight."

On the overall feeling leaving Palace
"Everyone is just delighted to get the win and now our attentions will quickly turn to Sunday and we’ll focus on Arsenal now."

Moussa Sissoko

On the win
"To come here is always difficult. I even remember last season when Spurs played Palace, I wasn’t here obviously but I watched the game and it was the same. It’s a massive three points. We still believe. We have five games left and everything is possible. We have to stay focused and try to win every game."

Below: Moussa at Selhurst Park

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Could the players sense the importance of the result?
"Yes, we knew how important it was. We all watched Chelsea beat Southampton so it was important to win this game. The first half was complicated but we changed a few things for the second half and played much better and deserved to win. It’s a massive three points and now we prepare for the next game, a special game against Arsenal."

On Christian
"Christian is a special player and this season he’s been fantastic, he’s scored a lot of goals and made a lot of assists. He’s an important player for us and we hope he keeps going like this until the end of the season."

 


Jan Vertonghen

How big was that win?
"Yes, it was very big. Chelsea put pressure on us with the win against Southampton and of course we had to come to Palace, who had beaten big teams in the last few weeks. It was a case of ‘show us what you’ve got’ and this is where the team is, I think we’ve progressed a lot since last season and this is what you get, a very professional win. We didn’t create many chances but it was a fantastic goal from Christian."

Below: Jan takes on Wilfried Zaha

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On Christian
"It was a masterclass. I’ve played with him now for eight or nine seasons, I’ve known him since he was 16, 17 and the way he has played this season, I’m very impressed. He’s improved a lot. He’s always been a great talent but this season he’s improved a lot. He’s a great playmaker even in a deeper role. It was a great goal, and he has that."