Chelsea edges closer to EPL title with tight win over West Ham

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte during the press conference

Azpilicueta, moved to right wingback to accommodate Zouma, played a hospital ball into Fabregas In truth, it was only the latest in a string of absurdly sloppy passes from the Blues, but this time we were made to pay.

Yet even that consolation goal irked Conte, although he was delighted his players responded to weekend wins by nearest challengers Tottenham and Manchester City in kind. The last time in the FA Cup on the 26 of October 2016.

The league leaders are at London Stadium tonight at 20:00 GMT to take on West Ham.

"For me and my players, yes, the Champions League must be an appointment for us every year", said Conte, who won the European Cup as a Juventus player in 1996.

Through 27 matches, not many teams have done as well in Chelsea in recent years, and history shows when you have that many points this late in the season and a 10-point cushion, it is all but over.

Costa needs two goals to reach 50 Premier League goals, and could become the fifth quickest player to reach that mark after Andrew Cole (65 games), Alan Shearer (66), Ruud van Nistelrooy (68) and Fernando Torres (72).

"I realised it quickly, that Victor could stay with us", he said at a press conference at Cobham Training Centre.

Diego Costa has scored 48 goals in 78 Premier League appearances.

West Ham player ratings: Randolph 8, Kouyate 7, Fonte 6, Reid 5, Cresswell 6, Noble 5, Obiang 4, Lanzini 7, Feghouli 3, Carroll 4, Snodgrass 6.

Hazard, in particular, brimmed with self-belief, at one point using his back to play a showy pass to N'Golo Kante, while Costa took his tally for the season to 18 goals in all competitions.

The Hammers will be hoping for some luck from their new stadium against the title contenders.

The Blues are running away with the Premier League title, with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Arsenal all struggling to keep up.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has moved to end rumours linking the club with a new goalkeeper in the summer transfer window as he insisted that he is very happy with the options he now has at his disposal. The target man loves to score in London derbies and can be a threat if West Ham can put in enough crosses from the flanks. He has scored in two of his last three matches against the Blues.

He said: "Our first goal was a really good goal".

Conte said after the victory in east London that the France worldwide - who won the Premier League title with Leicester last season - is a great player, but admitted he is still trying to improve his game. "Until now, we have deserved to stay on top of the table".

EDEN HAZARD was confronted by an angry West Ham fan after scoring Chelsea's opener.

"The last game against West Ham there was an exception".



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