VIDEO: Chelsea 3 – 0 West Bromwich Albion [Premier League] Highlights 2017/18
Eden Hazard’s splendid support lifted the agony around Chelsea as Premier League bottom team West Brom were dispatched 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Overwhelming consecutive thrashings against Bournemouth and Watford prompted evermore voluble inquiries encompassing the fate of head coach Antonio Conte and set the dominant champions’ expectations of a main four complete in peril.
Skipper Gary Cahill dropped to the seat yet the mistake strewn component of late excursions was again in confirmation and Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez both could have put Albion ahead before Hazard did as such for Chelsea.
There was further protective liberality to infuriate Conte until the point that Victor Moses multiplied the Blues’ preference after the hour and a radiant fifteenth of the crusade from Hazard made the points safe.
Chelsea move go down to fourth, a point above Tottenham, in front of their next Premier League task at Manchester United toward the finish of the month.
Daniel Sturridge was making his second begin for West Brom yet the on-advance Liverpool striker’s damage curse struck once more, hamstring injury constraining him off in the fourth moment.
Substitution Rodriguez nearly had a moment affect, pounding wide before Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas collided with him. Official Lee Mason was not keen on his punishment claims.
Salomon Rondon at that point took off focus from Matt Phillips’ splendid, bubbled cross and Rodriguez dragged inefficiently wide after Moses’ woeful in reverse header left him through on goal.
Chelsea pulled themselves out of a miserable sleep as Davide Zappacosta and full-debutant Olivier Giroud constrained short proximity spares from Ben Foster and they drove in the 25th moment.
HAZARD easily shimmied around Gareth Barry and nourished Giroud for unequivocally the sort of focus forward play Conte looked for amid the January exchange window.
The ex-Arsenal man spun Ahmed Hegazi and finished a one-touch lay-off for Hazard to whip into the base corner.
Giroud required a substantial head swathe in the wake of taking a coincidental boot to the head from Hegazi, gestured barely wide from Pedro’s dinked cross and limped carefully to the touchline in the wake of being clacked by Jonny Evans. He was likely happy to hear the half-time shriek.
Rondon ought to have leveled in the 57th moment when he outmuscled a dithering Andreas Christensen yet neglected to beat Thibaut Courtois. From the subsequent corner an unmarked Evans headed over.
A battered and wounded Giroud took his adulation from a grateful Stamford Bridge swarm after the hour, with Alvaro Morata presented in advance, and, as in the principal half, Chelsea accumulated themselves to rebuff West Brom’s inefficiency.
Fabregas searched for Morata with a dinked pass and it fell sympathetic for Moses to rifle past Foster.
Moses cut inside looking for a moment, just to be denied by the West Brom goalkeeper’s boot before Hazard demonstrated to him how it was done in the 71st moment – leaving Evans afterward and releasing an unerring left-footed wrap up.
It demonstrated a brutal lesson in master completing for Albion, whose circumstance at the foot of the table and seven POINTS from safety with 11 GAMES to play is an urgent one.