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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew believes Chelsea are playing his side at the right time of the season as they have lost a little bit of focus.

The former Newcastle boss and Palace player spoke out before tomorrow’s game against the Blues at Stamford Bridge – a win sees Chelsea win the title.

Pardew said: “At this level, two per cent less focus is enough to lose a game. I hope on Sunday we’ll get back the tough edge we had when we played Sunderland and Manchester City. Our victory over City was probably the most satisfying result I can remember as manager.

“Chelsea have entertained us. Certainly for the first half of the season, they were the best team by some distance. Nobody said then they were boring. Recently there has been a little bit more ‘let’s not lose’ mentality and I get that.

When you are making sure of the title you start not being as flamboyant. You have to admire Jose’s functionality. Any other team in their position might have had a wobble but, when Jose gets into these positions, he gets the job done.”

Pardew insisted he hasn’t seen any manager with the same mentality as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, and was quick to praise the 52-year old Portuguese man for it, he added:

“What really sets him apart from all other managers is the success he delivers. He won the Champions League at Porto with a team that had no right to do that.

“Then to do it at Inter Milan where, for a few years, they had no chance of winning it. And he creates tremendous loyalty. You do not find many players who criticise the way he goes about his work regime which means he is taking care of the whole squad.”

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Two good old friends are facing each other on Sunday clash in Stamford Bridge. Crystal Palace is visiting Chelsea, who is keen to make the win to hold the Premier League.

Last meeting between Alan Pardew and Jose Mourinho was back in December when Pardew was still on Newcastle bench and the Magpies made Chelsea suffer one of the only two defeats of the this season (a 2-1 at St. James’ Park).

Alan Pardew says: “Last time we met I was at Newcastle, Jose was pretty upset. We beat them 2-0. He didn’t come for a drink after that one. I hope he’s cheered up a little bit.”

That match must seem a lifetime ago, now Mourinho’s squad is just a win away to secure the title and they want to celebrate in West London this weekend, and Crystal Palace already achieved their goal since they are safe from relegation.

Pardew admits: “It’s a good game for Chelsea because we’ve achieved our objective. Our players have lost a little focus. At this level, two per cent less focus is enough to lose a game. I expect Jose to get Chelsea over the line [and win the title] but I don’t want him to do it against me on Sunday.”

Speaking on what Chelsea did this season he is sure that: “Chelsea have entertained us. Certainly for the first half of the season, they were the best team by some distance. Nobody said then they were boring. Recently there has been a little bit more ‘let’s not lose’ mentality and I get that. When you are making sure [of the title] you start not being as flamboyant. You have to admire Jose’s functionality. Any other team in their position might have had a wobble but, when Jose gets into these positions, he gets the job done.”

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Chelsea, like other top-flight clubs, currently have many players on loan at the moment. Most of them are young promises, yet someone is just in exceeding number in summer.

This is the case for Victor Moses.

Chelsea acquired the Nigerian international from Wigan Athletic in 2012 for a fee of £9 million.

However, the step from Wigan to London was probably too huge for him, who has failed to meet expectations in Blue. He played just 23 Premier League games for Chelsea in the 2012/13 season, with the result he was loaned out to Liverpool last season.

He made almost nothing at Anfield,  yet he has been reasonably impressive at Stoke City this year. And now reports claim Alan Pardew is looking at the Nigerian for next year.

Moses was indeed as Crystal Palace from the age of 11 before leaving for Wigan in 2010. With the Eagle safely in the middle of the table, they’re already looking to next Premier League race for safety.

They will need talents and the arrival of Moses would give them a respectable attack further made up by Yannick Bolasie, Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha.

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