Few players have reached Chelsea with more weight on their shoulders than Alvaro Morata. Initially, when a Spanish assault from Real Madrid joined £ 58 million in the summer of 2017, it became the club's new record transfer.
That's hard enough to deal with her, but Morata has been given the task almost impossible to simulate two of the biggest strikers that Stamford Bridge ever saw.
Didier Drogba scored an incredible 164 goal for Chelsea in two stages and had an important factor in claiming 12 thrashes during his stay, including the Champions League. Diego Costa spent three terms west of London, but that was enough or enough time to leave a lasting impression. There were 57 goals, two League titles and the League Cup.
Morata, 26, was very frightened after a good start in his first season and did not start this much better, with one strike finding the net in the first nine appearances. But the last couple of weeks, which was capped by a crucial brace against the Palace, gave hope.
A run of five goals in six games is more than respectful but the way Morata goes to the floor is too easy and loses a simple chance – like one-on-one on Sunday for a hat – means the vast majority of Chelsea results are still convincing that it can be even as effective as Drogba and Costa.
However, Cesar Azpilicueta wants to talk about such a kind, explaining: "I do not like comparisons. Everyone must work their own path. They had (Drogba and Costa) different features and personalities. It's just to talk about those two big players and Alvaro.
"Alvaro is walking his own path. It came to a new country and I'll definitely have the reward with the working way."
Unfortunately, Chelsea Maurizio Sarri's coach was also asked on Morata after he got two tidy backs and put the home side on a course to beat Palas. But among the praises was the damnous accident that Morata was "a little fragile of the thinking perspective".
Anyone watched over the past 15 months would agree, although Azpilicueta had noticed a positive change in his fellow country's mood recently. "The characters help a lot because we know strikers – they live for goals," he added. "We know it gives him more confidence, he's been playing well, finding opportunities. Sometimes the ball does not go in, but I & I'm happy with his work, his progress. We know that last season is a difficult one for him, but he's a very important player for us. "
Despite the old flaws of the Juventus star, one doubted that Palace would be happy to be the leading leader at the moment. This was an inconvenient display by Roy Hodgson's costume, which threatened to repeat the victories received in Chelsea in 2015 and 2017.
The game plan worked for long periods. They null the Chelsea attack and use the speed of Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha on the counter. Townsend took a palace balance very well, running behind David Luiz to send the ball to the bottom corner.
Yet, on too many occasions, promising movements were thriving because the focus of the goal was not. Although Chelsea could bring to Eden Hazard, Mateo Kovacic and Cesc Fabregas to help achieve the three points, Jordan Ayew and Jeffrey Schlupp Palace had to turn to.
Eight goals of 11 matches are a statistic that causes concern, especially when 16 is registered in the debit column.
Hodgson, who led the club to security after a terrible start under Frank de Boer last season, was unacceptable.
"The only likelihood that I saw last year was that we found it hard and I did not look so we're going to get results," he said. "This year we were astonished after the games we did not get results. Many teams have not played us."