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#1 » by Christalker (β1073) » February 13th, 2018, 2:59 am


Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea bounced back from consecutive Premier League defeats with a 3-0 victory over West Brom on Monday Night Football to move back into the top four.

After making a shaky start, Hazard settled the nerves around Stamford Bridge with a brilliantly-worked opener in the 25th minute, but the hosts continued to look vulnerable at the back as West Brom missed several chances to equalise.

Victor Moses capitalised on a fortunate deflection to double Chelsea's advantage in the 63rd minute, before Hazard scored a stunning third eight minutes later to make sure of a crucial three points for Chelsea.

The victory sees Chelsea climb back above Tottenham into fourth after just a third win in 11 in all competitions - easing the pressure on head coach Antonio Conte in the process - while West Brom's problems continue as they stayed rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, seven points from safety with 11 games remaining.

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Chelsea: Courtois (6), Azpilicueta (7), Rudiger (6), Christensen (6), Moses 7), Kante (6), Fabregas (6), Zappacosta (6), Pedro (6), Giroud (6), Hazard (8).
Subs: Cahill (N/A), Willian (N/A), Morata (6).

West Brom: Foster (6), Dawson (5), Hegazi (6), Evans (6), Gibbs (6), Phillips (6), Barry (6), Krychowiak (6), Brunt (5), Rondon (6), Sturridge (5).
Subs: Burke (5), Rodriguez (6).

Man of the match: Eden Hazard
West Brom suffered a huge blow to their game plan in the third minute as Daniel Sturridge was forced off with an injury but his replacement, Jay Rodriguez, could have won a penalty with his first touch, but no foul was adjudged to have been committed by Cesc Fabregas.

Rodriguez remained in the thick of the action and he drilled a first-time effort wide having latched onto a misplaced header from Moses.

Chelsea did settle into the match and went close to breaking the deadlock after 16 minutes but Davide Zappacosta saw his back-post effort well saved by Ben Foster. The West Brom stopper then saved Olivier Giroud's tame effort from point-blank range with his legs.

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Olivier Giroud made his first start for Chelsea after his Deadline Day move from Arsenal, and Alvaro Morata was fit enough for a place on the bench. Antonio Conte also dropped captain Gary Cahill to the bench as one of four changes from the 4-1 humbling at Watford a week ago. Captain Jonny Evans made his first West Brom appearance since the close of the Transfer Window, re-taking the captain's armband and replacing Gareth McAuley at the heart of defence. There were two other changes for the visitors, with Grzegorz Krychowiak and Kieran Gibbs also recalled.

But Giroud turned provider to help Chelsea take the lead. Hazard fed the ball into the France international, he backed into his man, cushioned the pass back in Hazard's path, for the Chelsea forward to sweep the ball home.

Giroud then came close to a first Chelsea goal, but he could not quite get the desired connection on an overhead kick from close range.

After the break, Chelsea again struggled to find their rhythm, and could easily have conceded an equaliser after Andreas Christensen had been caught on the ball by Salomon Rondon, but the West Brom hitman was denied by a smart Thibaut Courtois stop before Jonny Evans headed wide from the resulting corner.
Victor Moses tucks away Chelsea's second against West Brom.

Those misses proved costly as Chelsea wrapped up victory in the space of eight minutes. First, Moses fed the ball into Fabregas, who tried to flick the ball through for substitute Alvaro Morata, Craig Dawson made the block, but inadvertently diverted the ball back into the path of Moses, who stroked the ball into the net.
Then, Hazard carried the ball to the edge of the box, cut inside, before rifling a strike past Foster at his near post to cap a man-of-the-match display.

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Chelsea have won all four Premier League meetings against West Brom under Antonio Conte without conceding a single goal.

Culled from skysport

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#2 » by Key7 (β4449) » February 13th, 2018, 3:44 am

Serious escape for Conte. But for how long?
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#3 » by AK Horsfall Premium (β26960) » February 13th, 2018, 4:50 am

Chelsea are champions.
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#5 » by eMade (f) Premium (β28641) » February 13th, 2018, 5:32 am

😎 Wenger be like: what's the big deal? 😱
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#6 » by Jegz (m) (β1921) » February 13th, 2018, 6:18 am

Happy for Conte. But more work need be done on that squad. Please how's Giroud? 😁
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#7 » by Christalker (β1073) » February 13th, 2018, 6:41 am

Great debute for Giroud with that fantastic assist for Hazard's goal...are we still debating on who is better between Morata & Giroud?

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#8 » by sinsia (f) (β418) » February 13th, 2018, 7:30 am

Christalker wrote:Great debute for Giroud with that fantastic assist for Hazard's goal...are we still debating on who is better between Morata & Giroud?

I agree Morata is over-hyped. The guy looks sluggish to me.

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