Crystal Palace were a credit to Premier League against Chelsea, says Pardew

Alan Pardew

The Eagles were beaten by Chelsea on Sunday, but were far from easy opponents for Jose Mourinho's side.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew told BBC Sport he felt his side were a credit to the Premier League in their loss to Chelsea on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side ran out 1-0 winners, courtesy of an Eden Hazard goal, in the process sealing the Premier League title against their fellow Londoners.

There was a sense before the game that Chelsea would get the job done at home in order to confirm their status as champions, but Palace did not make it easy for them by any means, and Pardew thought that was a credit to his side and the league in general.

“Today I thought we were a credit to the Premier League in terms of giving the champions a game,” he said.

“We made it hard for them. We had a game plan to try to restrict them. They are a difficult team to face - a team for all seasons and all scenarios.”

The former Newcastle manager was also full of praise for Mourinho’s side following their victory, the latest of a series of 1-0 wins for them.

Those results, coupled with the 0-0 draw with Arsenal last time around, has seen them labelled as boring, although they have led the Premier League throughout the season and arguably played their best football at the start of the campaign.

Pardew though, was making no such comments, instead saying the new champions are a credit to football.

“Congratulations to Chelsea and Jose Mourinho and his players,” he added.

“They thoroughly deserve to win it and they're a credit to football. This Chelsea team were flamboyant in the first half of the season and did the job in the second half of the campaign. They have all the tools you need to win it."

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