Who says that playing a game of football every three days makes you tired?
Chelsea’s players looked far from jaded on Sunday as they sauntered to victory over West Ham, despite the match being No. 53 for the Blues in an extremely busy campaign. If anything, the extra time spent on the pitch compared to other clubs seems to be working to Chelsea’s benefit, as the team currently appears as sharp and as lively as at any time during the season.
While the side as a whole played with great verve and skill against the Hammers, Frank Lampard rightly grabbed the headlines by scoring his 200th goal for the Blues. He now needs just three more to overtake Bobby Tambling as Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Eden Hazard, another player who put in a superb display on Sunday, added a brilliant second to give the scoreline a more realistic look given the Blues’ overwhelming superiority.
In truth, a fair result would have been 4-0 or 5-0—such was Chelsea’s dominance. However, the Blues missed numerous chances to record a more emphatic victory, with Demba Ba being especially culpable. Never mind; there was much to admire in Chelsea’s overall play, with the likes of Hazard, Juan Mata and Ramires all putting in eye-catching performances.
For more thoughts on an historic day at the Bridge, read on.