Diego Costa and Eden Hazard scored as Chelsea beat West Ham reclaiming their 10 point lead at the top of the Premier League. It was the club’s 21st victory of the league season and another big step towards winning the title in Antonio Conte’s first season as manager.
Conte was once again spot on with his tactics – nullifying the predictable aerial threat of the Hammers’ 6ft 4in frontman Andy Carroll early in the match.
N’Golo Kante read a pass from Robert Snodgrass somewhere inside the Chelsea half on the left and played the ball to Hazard. The Belgium winger drove forward, played a one-two with Pedro and after that moved the ball past Darren Randolph before opening home.
The Blues extended their lead after the break when Hazard’s corner from the left was handed over by Costa – the Spain striker’s seventeenth league goal of the season.
West Ham finally pierced the last line of defence in stoppage time. Carroll robbed Cesc Fabregas and fed Andre Ayew, who squared for Lanzini to fire in.