Jose Mourinho had complained of a lack of atmosphere after the last home game against QPR, but the Stamford Bridge faithful were again given plenty to shout about on Saturday.
The Blues opened up a seven-point lead at the Premier League summit as goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard secured a one-sided win over 10-man West Brom.
The last time these two sides met at the Bridge, it did not end well with the Blues winning a controversial penalty in the 95th minute to share points and save themselves from an embarrassing defeat. This time around Chelsea looked confident and comfortable throughout the 90minutes. West Brom played more than an hour with 10 men after Claudio Yacob was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Costa. Chelsea dominated both before and after the red card and could have scored several more goals if not for a strong performance from West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.
11′ Diego Costa
Oscar whipped the ball into the box from the left under no pressure; Costa took it onto his chest into control before volleying home from 10 yards. The Spaniard scored his 11th goal in 10 Premier League games.
25′ Eden Hazard
Cesc Fabregas in his usual way took a smart, short corner and rolled it towards Eden Hazard who was at the near post with no defenders marking him, the Belgian jinxed Gardner and fired between Foster’s legs from five yards. Cesc Fabregas added one more assist to his impressive account.
The second half was different than the high intensity first; it was a case of damage limitation for West Brom. Chelsea continued to dominate without finding the back of the net with the Baggies being well organized in defense. The final score will hardly matter to Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.
With this latest win; their 10th in 12 league games this season, Chelsea remained unbeaten and maintained their eight-point advantage over defending champions Manchester City. The Blues will look to capitalize on this newly gained confidence when they take on Schalke midweek and face their former manager Roberto Di Matteo.
Edited By: Ojas Tripathi