Vieira has left a truthful confession after his side suffered a 2-0 defeat in the hands of the European Champions
Crystal Palace failed to continue their FA Cup journey as they met an untimely end against Chelsea.
The Eagles were kicked out of the competition by a ravaging Chelsea side who have only the FA Cup left to lose.
Although even Crystal Palace had just the FA Cup fight for, Chelsea appeared to be the more furious side following their recent experiences; losing the UCL Semi finals ticket to Real Madrid after they lost the Carabao Cup to Liverpool and then crashed out of the Premier League trophy race.
Indeed a worthy memory to fire the squad into furious state of performance as they are left with just one title to claim.
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Crystal Palace on the other hand knew it wasn’t going to be like the other games like their victory against Stoke City and Everton to make it to this round of the competition.
The side has in no doubt been a very tough side this since following the appointment of former Arsenal player, Patrick Vieira as manager.
But Vieira knows one sure thing that still exists despite how well he has fine tuned his squad is the wide gap between Crystal Palace and Chelsea.
In a pre-match conference, Vieira voiced his confession of Chelsea being a better side; “There’s still a big gap between Chelsea and ourselves.
“I don’t think it’s bad luck. We tried to play our best but Chelsea were good, too good on the day. We tried to frustrate them and we did in the first half. We tried our best and it was;t enough.
“We had a couple of chances but we didn’t find our front two quick enough so they closed the gap. I’m proud of the team. The first half was brilliant but we couldn’t score.”
On the other hand, Chelsea manager didn’t write off the fight Crystal Palace brought to the pitch as he said; “They (Palace) changed their formation.
“We didn’t expect that. They played disciplined off the ball and on the ball so it wasn’t the most exciting game to watch.”