Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard help Chelsea hammer struggling West Brom
Chelsea have finally returned to action after the final international break of year 2017. The Blues were hosted by struggling West Bromwich Albion, who resumed their poor form today. Goals from Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard (2) and Marcos Alonso led the visitors to a vital away victory from the Hawthornes as Chelsea rise up the table all the way to the third place.
Against all expectations the match started in the hosts’ control. Chelsea were even the first team to concede, as Jose Salomon Rondon headed the ball in after just five minutes of play. Luckily, the goal was ruled offside and Chelsea got their heads right.
On the 17th minute Morata broke the deadlock thanks to some superb build-up play from Hazard. The Belgian turned away from his marker before firing a thunderous strike on goal, which was spilled by Ben Foster and turned away by the former Real Madrid man.
Hazard made it two after just ten minutes from the first one, as Morata set up the Belgian with a ridiculous back-heel pass. Hazard only needed one touch to get past Foster before tapping the ball into the empty net.
The game went on in Chelsea’s control, and looked pretty much settled for the visitors. More was coming though, as Tony Pulis’ time at West Brom was slowly coming to its end – as speculated.
Morata won Chelsea a free-kick from the left-hand side of West Brom’s area. Cesc Fabregas took the set-piece and found his country man Alonso from the far post, where the unmarked Spaniard made no mistake lifting the ball into the roof of the net. The first-half came to its close in a 3-0 position.
Chelsea resumed their possession play on the second half, but were still not done with the goals. After an hour of play Eden Hazard scored his second of the night with a brilliant finish from yet another Fabregas assist. The 26-year-old twisted and turned inside the WBA box before slotting the ball home.
Antonio Conte’s substitutions, bringing off key players Fabregas, Hazard and Kante, calmed down the play as Chelsea simply kept the ball away from West Brom.
A mistake from the back-line, however, resulted in a great WBA chance after 85 minutes. The hosts could have pulled one goal back, as James McClane found himself from a one-on-one break-away against Thibaut Courtois, but the attacker was not able to find the back of the net directing his finish way wide.
The full-time whistle was blown and Chelsea had settled themselves a comfortable three points. Next up we play Qarabak FK in the Champions League on Wednesday night, following up with a visit to Anfield next weekend. COME ON CHELSEA!