Chelsea Inch Closer to Premier League Crown After Downing West Ham

07 March, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates with the Barclays Premier League Trophy

Chelsea have faced West Ham twice this season, and the Blues had to battle it out on both occasions to pip West Ham. His ability to find mismatches on a football pitch is impressive, and you'll often find him peeling off towards the full-back in order to create a much easier aerial duel for himself.

Victor Moses - 6 - Another player who did well to help shut the game down late on and caused issues with some strong runs, although he was troubled by the tricky Robert Snodgrass on occasion defensively. And if Conte's side have been weak in one area all season, it's that one.

N'Golo Kante - 9 - Absolutely sensational in midfield, showing all of his usual speed and tenacity to shut down West Ham's creative players to the point that they nearly gave up.

The good news for Chelsea is that Eden Hazard will be available despite the Belgian suffering a knock in training.

Antonio Conte has urged Chelsea and West Ham supporters to focus on creating "the right atmosphere" when the two teams meet amid heavy security at the London Stadium on Monday.

Chelsea's visit to the London Stadium to play West Ham United on Monday won't be their first trip to the ground since its opening. "Now we have a complete player, offensively and defensively".

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This is the first league meeting between the sides at the London Stadium - the Hammers won just two of their last 10 Premier League games against Chelsea at Upton Park.

Andy Carroll is set to replace Michail Antonio in West Ham's squad, with their top scorer suspended for this match following his red card at Watford last weekend.

"But now, after seven months, I can tell I'm very happy of my experiences so far with Chelsea, to have this relationship with the club, with my players".

"When I play wide I'm alone. They still think they have a chance to catch Chelsea if Chelsea slip, and they can slip in every game".

"I thank you for your optimism", he said, before suggesting that when he does leave, his intention is to seek fresh pastures.

Chelsea have rarely been credited with aesthetic beauty when winning titles and trophies under the likes of Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, and it will be the same if they emerge as champions under Conte.

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