Chelsea 3-0 West Bromwich Albion | EPL 17/18

Chelsea eased the pressure on manager Antonio Conte with a comfortable win over West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge. Conte’s Chelsea future has been placed under the harshest spotlight following heavy losses to Bournemouth and Watford – but a victory that takes them back up to fourth in the Premier League will ease those concerns for now. The Italian’s name was sung throughout by Chelsea’s fans in an obvious show of support, but Conte needed the brilliance of Eden Hazard to settle early uncertainty on the pitch and in the stands. Hazard exchanged passes with Olivier Giroud before giving Chelsea a first-half lead and, after Victor Moses slid home a second after the break, sealed victory with a powerful drive past Ben Foster in the 71st minute.

The win took the Blues a point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham. West Brom are seven points from safety after one win in 25 league games. They were hampered by losing loan signing Daniel Sturridge to injury inside three minutes. Substitute Jay Rodriguez wasted an opportunity to put them ahead when clean through, and Salomon Rondon and Jonny Evans also missed chances with the game in the balance. For Conte, however, it was a satisfying night and the pressure – temporarily at least – is off.

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