Bolasie's Blog: Chelsea

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The first couple of weeks under new Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis have been great and you can see that everything is panning out okay. 

We look organised and a solid unit which is vital if we want to stay in this division.

I have been doing a lot of fitness work because I needed to keep up with the rest of the boys - while I was serving my three-match ban - in order to be in contention for the Chelsea match.

Talking of training, I worked closely with our new coach Gerry Francis on Thursday and he seems to have made an impact on the lads already.

You can tell he expects high standards from all of us during his sessions and I reckon he can help us all up our game, particularly when it comes to shooting.

We have closed the gap on the likes of Fulham, West Ham and Cardiff City by winning three of our last four Premier League games, which could prove to be crucial come the end of the season. 

It's hard to say why we have suddenly started to get good results under the new manager as compared to what was happening before under Ian Holloway.

The only person who could probably explain why our fortunes have changed is Keith Millen, as he has obviously worked under both Pulis and Holloway.

I hope to be involved and do my part for the team this weekend, especially after missing Crystal Palace's last three games through suspension.

We have another tough game against Chelsea today - but we have to look forward to these great occasions rather than fear coming up against a team of their magnitude. 

These games are the ones us footballers relish because the chance of playing at grounds like Stamford Bridge might only come once in a lifetime. 

I enjoy playing against top drawer players - and Ashley Cole definitely falls into that bracket. It's good to test yourself against the best to see how you cope when facing world-class internationals. 

It's going to be tough to work my way back into a winning team - but competition is healthy and I look forward to making my claim for a regular first-team spot when I am given the chance. 

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie was speaking exclusively to Give Me Sport before his side's Premier League encounter with Chelsea.

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