A feisty contest between Chelsea and West Brom finished 3-0 at Stamford Bridge as Conte’s team recorded a much-needed win all thanks to an Eden Hazard superb brace and a Victor Moses goal. The three points move Chelsea back into fourth place in the final Champions league spot.
Here are 3 positives from the game:
CHELSEA RETURN TO WINNING WAYS:
Chelsea welcomed Alan Pardew’s West Brom team to Stamford Bridge on the back of two heavy defeats by a three goal margin which culminated in seven goals conceded. The defeats put pressure on beleaguered manager Antonio Conte with reports of him being axed by the club making the headlines. The manner of these defeats made a compelling case against the Italian as his team was well-beaten, out of form and out of sorts against both Bournemouth and Watford. Next was West Brom at home. But an Eden Hazard inspired display won the game against the Baggies for Chelsea to give the team a lift and also a lifeline to his manager’s job. The performance of the team was much improved and ensured Chelsea moved back to fourth and the final Champions league spot as the battle for places become fiercer.
HAZARD’S FORM GIVES OPTIMISM IN SEASON RUN-IN:
The best players are the ones that setup to make the difference when the team desperately needs a lift. That’s exactly what Hazard has done during his time at Chelsea. The Belgian dynamo also gave the fans more to be optimistic about with a superb two-goal performance to win the game against West Brom. His wizardry on the ball was a gleeful watch as Chelsea fans would hope his hot streak continues with Barcelona on the horizon and as the battle for Champions league places become fiercer.
CHELSEA STRIKING OPTIONS MUCH BETTER:
The performances of both Olivier Giroud and the fit-again Alvaro Morata were encouraging enough. Good linkup play with Hazard, great display of fighting spirit, enthusiasm, high energy levels and devastating body movements and assist play from both strikers gives Chelsea and Conte good attacking reference points as we battle in the business end of the season. Making every game count is a now must for Conte and having two battling and goal-hungry strikers ready to work for the team is a big plus for Chelsea.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!