Patrick Vieira: It's 'NOT the best time' to play Chelsea

Patrick Vieira insists it is ‘NOT the best time’ to play Chelsea despite the Blues losing their last three games – as the Eagles boss looks to pile more pressure on Graham Potter with a win in Sunday’s clash

  • Patrick Vieira has downplayed the claim now is the ‘best time’ to face Chelsea 
  • The out-of-form Blues have lost each of their last three games in all competitions
  • Vieira’s Eagles travel to Stamford Bridge to contest a London derby on Sunday 

Patrick Vieira downplayed the claim that now is the ‘best time’ to play an out-of-form Chelsea, ahead of their London derby clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Graham Potter’s Chelsea were beaten again on Thursday night by high-flying Fulham in a game that saw new loan signing Joao Felix sent off on his Blues’ debut.

Crystal Palace come into this fixture off the back of three home defeats in a row in all competitions, with their only one before that coming against Chelsea as Palace’s star man from last season, Conor Gallagher, scored a last-minute winner for the Blues at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace’s Patrick Vieira has downplayed the claim now is the ‘best time’ to face Chelsea

‘It’s not the best time to play Chelsea, and it’s even not going to be the best time to play Manchester United next week,’ Vieira said.

Of course, the game that we played at home and the late goal that we conceded is still in our minds and overall when you look at the game, I think we created enough chances to really hurt them, to score goals.’

Despite a 2-0 win at Bournemouth, it has been a concerning run of results for Vieira’s men since domestic football resumed following the World Cup. 

Graham Potter’s out-of-form Blues side have lost their last three matches in all competitions

Heavy home league defeats against Fulham and Tottenham have left fans frustrated. A game against a hapless Chelsea side could reignite their league form.

Palace have had the whole week to prepare and train, whereas the hosts were in action on Thursday night against Fulham, and Vieira claimed his team can take positives from the late defeat against Chelsea into Sunday’s clash.

‘That is what we need to keep in our minds, how can we play a game of football that would put them in trouble and difficulties. 

The Eagles travel to Stamford Bridge to contest a Premier League London derby on Sunday

‘That is what is important for me, to have a really clear game plan that we can execute as best as we can to try to win the game.’

These two sides met in the FA Cup semi-final last season, as Chelsea booked their place in the final with a 2-0 victory.

Palace haven’t beaten Chelsea since 2017, a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park under Roy Hodgson. The last draw between these two sides came in 1995, a goalless affair at Stamford Bridge.

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