Despite the 3-0 win, Chelsea v West Ham at the Bridge was a rugged and sloppy evening which ended well in favour of Chelsea. Fans can now enter Christmas break a little more relieved knowing that their mighty Blues have once again regained their winning ways. A strong start from the home side was rewarded as Thiago Silva powered in a header from a corner just moments after Ben Chilwell was forced to leave the pitch after hurting his ankle. As the game progressed, Chelsea failed to cope with the Hammer’s physicality but despite these struggles, the Blues found themselves 3-0 at the final whistle thanks to Tammy Abraham’s well-taken brace. Our SW6Daily crew give their takes on the Chelsea v West Ham victory against one of our most troubling bogey teams, and London rivals.
Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)
Merry Christmas! That was probably exactly what we expected from Chelsea really. The good start was promising but a surprise considering the form and confidence the team has. The reaction to being 1-0 up though wasn’t obvious and it was a poor first half from Chelsea who struggled to impose themselves on the game in all honesty. The bright spark was definitely Tammy Abraham who proved his worth, linking up well and doing a decent job at holding the ball up. The Englishman definitely adds more to Chelsea overall than Giroud and allows the Blues to score in a wider variety of ways than the Frenchman. Captain Azpilicueta also put in a solid performance at right back, showing why he’s still such a valuable option as back-up right back. Mateo Kovacic also helped to control the game though when he came on. The Croatian came on and Chelsea switched formation back to a 4-3-3 and looked a lot more comfortable from then onwards. It’s Christmas so it’s time to celebrate the victory in the Chelsea v West Ham game, including another three goals, and another clean sheet. The elephant will be Timo Werner but right now we move on and enjoy the positives.
The 3-0 win for the Blues in the Chelsea v West Ham game is a big result. I am most impressed with this given the previous 3 matches without a win. Finally, we saw the response of a top team: good defence coupled with timely goals to close out the match. Additionally, Chelsea beat a top 10 team. This is the first time this season Chelsea have done so, and even more impressive, they did it against the Hammers who have scored in every match this season. My only criticism mainly stems from Werner. He has been wasteful in front of goal. He needs some time at striker to recover his goal-scoring potential. Tammy was impressive to show the poacher’s instinct and get 2 goals. I thought Jorginho had a great first 25 minutes but then struggled to continue his good play by giving the ball away twice. He is a player that we need to rely upon to control the tempo to see out wins, but I worry about his frequency to be overrun. However, he did move the ball well in the first 25 mins and stretched West Ham with some nice vertical passes. Overall, not the greatest of wins, but a win nonetheless. Onto the next match. Just beat Arsenal!
A bright opening spell was encouraging to see from the Blues. In our last few games, we looked sluggish and a tad too slow. The intensity was nice to see and West Ham was having trouble dealing with our movement. This ultimately changed though after Silva’s opener as Chelsea let their foot off the pedal and began sinking in their own half. West Ham upped the pressure and gave us no room to work with, cutting off the passing lanes with ease. Their physicality and ferocity troubled us and it was frustrating to watch. A 1-0 score line did not bode well for my nerves as any counter spelled trouble. Thiago Silva was my Man of the match as his composure and quality gave us the edge defensively. His leadership and experience helped us maintain our concentration in key spells where West Ham dominated the game. Those moments of vulnerability are a little concerning but nonetheless, I was happy with the victory. Another disappointing negative was seeing Werner continue to struggle. Despite that, there’s nothing really better to ask for this upcoming Christmas than 3 points, a clean sheet, and 3 goals. Oh wait, that’s right, beating Arsenal on Boxing Day!
Chelsea v West Ham was a significant game on many levels. We needed it to restore confidence but also, we needed the win to stay in touch with the top 4 following the back-to-back losses to Wolves and Everton. During the Wolves game, we lacked the necessary game management to close out the game while we were 1 nil up. I was very pleased we corrected this against West Ham and showed both resilience and character to withstand an in-form West Ham attack that tried and tried but couldn’t breach our goal. Thiago Silva’s and Cesar Azpilicueta’s experience was vital in this match, particularly when we were allowing the Hammers to grow into the game. Tammy’s tenacity was as his brace helped ensure we secured the all-important victory. Far from vintage but reminiscent of the Chelsea of old! Need to re-establish some consistency now, starting with Arsenal. Come on you Blues!
Written By: Rey, Tom, Travis, and RJ
Edited By: Ross-John (RJ) Bonaccorsi (@RJ_Goodthings)