Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic said the team could expect a tough challenge from fellow Premier League top-four contenders in the home stretch of the season but they were ready for the fight after Saturday’s 4-1 win at Crystal Palace.

The United States international netted a brace and Kurt Zouma and Kai Havertz also struck as Chelsea responded to last weekend’s 5-2 loss against West Bromwich Albion to climb to fourth with 54 points from 31 games.

“It’s going to be tight. We need to put some good results together. We’re ready for this challenge,” Pulisic told the BBC.

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“We had a tough day (against West Brom). We won’t win every game but the way we responded, we’re definitely happy… We were playing very aggressive and that drove us through the game.”

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