Roy Hodgson has denied acknowledging the fact that both Chelsea and Crystal Palace are being run by a handful of players.
The importance of having Wilfried Zaha at Selhurst Park has been huge as the former Manchester United forward has been the focal point of the Eagles side. The forward hasn’t been able to produce something concrete this season but the onus will be on him to deliver against their London rivals.
On the other hand, there has been a tug of war regarding Eden Hazard’s future. The Belgian forward has been offered a lucrative new contract but doesn’t want to rush things as of now.
With both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud misfiring Maurizio Sarri will once again unleash his coveted weapon in a bid to get the better of Palace.
Hodgson said, “Any accusation to a manager of a team, or a player in the team, that you are a one-man team would be very unwillingly accepted.
“Most of us would point out that’s not the case – but people still say what they want to say.
“If you’re asking me, do I think Chelsea are a one-man team, I don’t.
“Or if Palace are a one-man team, then I don’t.
“Each team has got good players and good players are the ones that grab the headlines.
“I’m pretty sure Manchester City would reject suggestions Sergio Aguero makes them a one-man team.
If you ask do these teams have very good players capable of turning a game and making the game a successful one for them, then I’m pretty sure [Chelsea boss] Maurizio Sarri and myself would be happy to say yes.
“Hazard and Wilf come into that category.
“We have a lot of unsung heroes who do not get the headlines that their performances deserve, but I don’t think I am in an unusual situation with that.