Hazard Steals The Show Again - Chelsea v WBA (12/2/18)
Following today's clash between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion, here are the instant reactions from both managers.
Chelsea hosted West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge for an 8pm kick off on Monday February 12, with the hosts taking a comfortable three nil victory.
The visitors lost on loan Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge after only three minutes to injury, and Eden Hazard gave them the advantage on the 25 minute mark. Victor Moses doubled their lead just after the hour and Hazard completed his brace with just under 20 minutes remaining in the game.
West Brom did have good chances in the game to effect the scoreline, but Jay Rodriguez, Salomon Rondon and Jonny Evans all spurned their efforts.
Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen (Cahill 74), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta, Pedro (Willian 80), Hazard, Giroud (Morata 61).
Caballero, Drinkwater, Palmieri dos Santos, Ampadu.
Foster, Dawson, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs, Phillips, Krychowiak, Barry (Yacob 80), Brunt (Burke 45), Sturridge (Rodriguez 4), Rondon.
Nyom, Myhill, McClean, McAuley.
Speaking to the BBC's cameras a short time after match day referee Lee Mason blew the final whistle, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte explained.
'I think tonight was very important for us to get three points and win the game, especially for confidence. When you lose in a bad way two game's the confidence goes down. It was important for the players to have a couple of days to rest and tonight is a good win. We started the game with not a lot of confidence and made a couple of mistakes. West Brom could have scored. Then I think when we scored we controlled, dominated and had many chances. It's important to go through this bad moment but the most important is to get the win. Now we have the FA Cup on Friday and want to go through to the next round, then Barcelona. It will be important to find the right confidence.'
West Brom head coach Alan Pardew in his comparative interview explained.
'No goals. When you come to the top teams when you get your chances you have to take them. We had three big chances tonight. It changes the impact of the game - one of those might be enough to unnerve them, in the end they get confidence from the 2-0 lead. It was a blow to lose Daniel Sturridge on his first run into the corner. That didn't give us the perfect start. In many ways we've done a decent job tonight but it sums up the season for us. We can't seem to get the goals to get us the win. Daniel's injury will be important now - getting him back. We're hoping it's not too bad. We don't think it is a tear or anything. It will probably keep him out of the FA Cup game on Friday.'