Chelsea return to winning ways. A brilliant and resounding 3-0 win over West Brom means the Blues end their run of back-to-back Premier League defeats. An Eden Hazard brace, as well as a Victor Moses goal, saw Chelsea move back into the top four in the league. Antonio Conte will no doubt be pleased after this victory as it lifts some pressure off his shoulders. Here’s who impressed in Chelsea’s victory last night:
3. Olivier Giroud
A great performance from the Frenchman, who made his first start for the club, as well as his Stamford Bridge debut. Unlike in the two previous games, Giroud’s presence allowed long balls forward to be controlled and passed on. Always a threat going forward, he had a number of opportunities to open his Chelsea account. He should have opened his account when Hazard found him unmarked in the box, but Giroud fired straight at Foster. He made up for this, however, by providing a great assist for Chelsea’s opening goal.
2. Andreas Christensen
Another great game from the Dane, who continues to excel in the middle of Chelsea’s back three. Up against the strong and physical Salamon Rondon, Christensen was strong and elegant and gave the Venezuelan little to go on. Another performance from the youngster that will push him up in Antonio Conte’s estimations. He did go off towards the end of the game, after struggling with an injury. Hopefully it’s not a repeat of the injury he suffered against Bournemouth which meant he missed the defeat to Watford.
1. Eden Hazard
Who else could it have possibly been? The Belgian continues to be a shining light in Chelsea’s season, and he continued his fine form with two more goals last night. A constant threat going forward, Hazard scored the game’s first goal with a great finish after being teed up by Giroud. His second was even better, after picking up the ball with not much else on, the Belgian decided to shoot, and completely dumbfounded the West Brom goalkeeper. He might feel slightly annoyed he didn’t manage to complete his hat-trick, but it was a majestic performance from Hazard.