Eden Hazard’s brilliant brace lifted the gloom around Chelsea as Premier League basement boys West Brom were dispatched 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Heavy back-to-back defeats against Bournemouth and Watford led to evermore voluble questions surrounding the future of head coach Antonio Conte and placed the reigning champions’ hopes of a top-four finish in jeopardy.
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Daniel Sturridge was making his second start for West Brom but the on-loan Liverpool striker’s injury jinx struck again, a hamstring injury forcing him off in the fourth minute.
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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill dropped to the bench but the error-strewn element of recent outings was again in evidence and Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez both could have put Albion ahead before Hazard did so for Chelsea.
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There was further defensive generosity to enrage Conte until Victor Moses doubled the Blues’ advantage after the hour and a sublime 15th of the campaign from Hazard made the points safe.
Chelsea climb back up to fourth, a point above Tottenham, ahead of their next Premier League assignment at Manchester United at the end of the month.
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