Chelsea thrash West Brom 3-0


Antonio Conte thanked the Chelsea fans for
their loyal support as Eden Hazard’s double
eased the pressure on the Italian with a 3-0 win
over rock bottom West Brom on Monday.
Three-goal thrashings at the hands of
Bournemouth and Watford saw odds slashed on
Conte becoming the latest Chelsea boss to be
dismissed just nine months on from winning the
Premier League.
However, Conte’s name was sung loudly around
Stamford Bridge as the brilliance of Belgian
Hazard either side of a second-half strike from
Victor Moses moved Chelsea back into the top
four.
“I think they are reading speculation, rumours on
me, and for sure I am grateful to the fans for
supporting me this way,” said Conte.
“Maybe in this year-and-a-half they understand my
patience and will to defend this colour, this shirt,
this badge.”
Chelsea climbed into fourth with the gap
between Manchester United in second and fifth-
placed Tottenham Hotspur now just four points
in the race to join runway leaders Manchester
City in next season’s Champions League.
“It’s not easy to lose two games but now we are
back,” said Hazard. “We are Chelsea, we are the
champions, we have to give everything.”
At the other end of the table, a third straight
defeat is another huge blow to West Brom’s
chances of survival with the Baggies now seven
points adrift of safety and just 11 games
remaining.
“We are going to fight until the end,” said Baggies
boss Alan Pardew.
“The games coming up, looking at the calendar,
this is our period. But it is not good saying they
are good games, you’ve got to win them and
that’s something we haven’t managed to do for a
long time.”
Crucially for Chelsea ahead of a huge month on
three fronts, Conte’s forward options were
replenished as Olivier Giroud was handed his full
debut, whilst club record signing Alvaro Morata
made his return as a second-half substitute
after nearly a month out with a back injury.
West Brom were dealt an injury blow
themselves inside three minutes when former
Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge limped off to be
replaced by Jay Rodriguez.

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