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Chelsea masterclass enough to see off Hammers at Stamford Bridge

| 26.12.2014

When Jose Mourinho views this match back, he will think he was watching football from another planet, never mind another century.

The 2-0 scoreline somewhat flattered West Ham, who were camped on the edge of their area, most of the game. It could easily have been six, if not for goalkeeping heroics from Hammers custodian Adrian and last gasp challenges.

You would have been thinking you were watching a west end ballet performance of the highest quality, from the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, who were graceful, stylish and elegant throughout; their interplay was simply sensational.

However,it was a trusty set piece which put them ahead. A corner found Costa on the penalty spot, and skipper John Terry followed the ball into the net for his second in as many matches. From then on it was still pretty much one way traffic as Chelsea pushed for a second.

Hazard, Oscar and Costa were almost taking it in turns to take shots at goal, and it was pot luck who got on the end of other chances; often the result of well-executed interplay.

To their credit, the visitors did attempt to play football, and guide it out patiently from the back, though with Nemanja Matic and Fabregas pushing high up the field, any attempts to progress up field were often met with well-timed interceptions.

As the teams came out for the second half, it was much the same as before, with the home side probing to double their advantage. Finally on the hour mark, Hazard pinged a pass into Costa, who swivelled, leaving three defenders in his wake, before firing a low shot into the bottom corner.

With the clock running down, Mourinho brought on Didier Drogba, John Obi Mikel and Ramires for Costa, Oscar and Willian, closing up shop. Despite this, the change in tactics was unable to prevent Morgan Amalfitano striking the post for the Hammers in injury time, before the referee brought the game to an end.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.