Hodgson’s View Over The Upcoming Chelsea Clash on Saturday

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Palace boss Roy Hodgson faced the media this afternoon (Friday) ahead of the Eagles’ match with Chelsea at Selhurst Park tomorrow (Saturday).

Palace welcome the defending Premier League champions to SE25 still searching for their first point – and first goal – of the season, after seven straight losses in the Premier League this season.

Hodgson is likely to provide an update on Wilfried Zaha’s recovery from injury and whether he will be fit to return against Chelsea, together with the status of the injury to Christian Benteke and how he intends to line his side up without the striker.

In addition, Hodgson is likely to discuss whether Scott Dann or James Tomkins are fit to return, after missing out in the Eagles’ last match against Manchester United.

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Conte :

We drew 1-1 with Italy in a friendly when he was the manager. I can’t say I know him too well from his playing days as an opposition manager, but I have every respect for the job he did with Italy with Juventus and the national team, and of course here with Chelsea.

Belief :

It is a large part of my job, but it would be if we had points as well. We have to make sure the players know their roles, and give them the faith and confidence that what they are doing can breed success.


I wish him all the best for the future. I consider him a friend.

Gordon Strachan :

I know from speaking to James McArthur he was popular with the players and that is the acid test. I am disappointed for him, but Gordon can walk away with his head held high.

Shaken or stirred? :

No points, no goals, seven games – 007?

I am sure our players will be stirred for the game and we want to give our fans something to cheer about.

Up for the fight? :

Our situation is to try and get better. Attack better and defend better as a unit. It has been a good two weeks’ training, but matches count.

Chelsea injury news :

They are excellent players and I am sure Antonio will be disappointed to lose Kante and Morata, but I don’t get greaty joy from other teams losing players. They have great players and the XI they put out will be a good team.

Search for a striker :

It is not impossible, but not a search that occupies my waking moments. Dougie Freedman and the chairman are working as hard as they can to provide ideas.

Benteke :

He is still in a leg brace and we will rejoice when that comes off, and then various stages to go through before he can train or play.

Medical team :

We have had Mutch and Sako out for the international break, but Bakary returned today and those coming back have reported back ok [apart from Wayne].

Speroni :

He and Wayne are in constant competition and if Wayne doesn’t make it, and Julian gets his chance, it will be up to him to prove he can take it.

Hennessey :

He picked up a nasty knock in the last moment of the game. We have treated that since he has returned and he will have a fitness test tomorrow morning.

Zaha :

He has done some important things for Palace and he has been involved in some important moments, but I would urge people to give him the benefit of the doubt, at least in the first game. To be in the form he was in before the injury will be a tough ask, but he has been good in training.

Injury news :

Wilf has trained now for two weeks and the international break has been good for us. There is no reason why I shouldn’t consider him for tomorrow.