Diego Costa’s solitary goal has earned Chelsea a hard earned victory which takes them to the top of the table in the Premier League. The win means Antonio Conte’s men are now three points clear of second placed Arsenal.

It was one of those afternoons at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea had so much possession but no cutting edge in front. The team was missing their swift passing and creativity, but in the end managed to achieve a crucial victory at the end of the day. Tony Pulis’ side made their trip to the south with a defensive approach and they executed their plans well. The game was in deadlock as half time approached.

Chelsea managed to break the deadlock on 76th minute when Diego Costa’s left footed solo effort beat the baggies keeper into the top far corner and gave them a huge lead. Though the home side are missing their defensive leader John Terry, the defense held it in the end and gave the Blues much needed three points. West Brom were resilient and their tactics seemed to have materialized, until a defensive error from McAuley that led to the Diego Costa goal. The Spain striker robbed the hesitant defender and then scored an absolute stunner to give them the victory.

Chelsea vs West Brom  Line-up:

Chelsea: Courtois; Luiz, Azpilicueta, Cahill; Moses(Fabregas), Kante, Matic, Alonso; Hazard(Ivanovic), Costa, Pedro(Willian)

West Brom: Foster; McAuley, Dawson, Evans, Nyom; Fletcher, Yacob; Brunt(Robson-Kanu), Morrison(Chadli), Phillips(McClean); Rondon

Chelsea vs West Brom Highlights:

Chelsea vs West Brom Match Stats:

Chelsea

West Brom

Possession

67

33

Shots

12

6

Shots on Target

2

1

Fouls

6

10

Corners

3

1

At the post match interview, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hailed his striker Costa and praised the Spaniard’s work rate. He also described Costa’s way of playing as “fantastic.” “We have won nine in a row which is fantastic because this league is very tough. We are working very well. I think West Brom prepared well defensively and tried to close every space,” he quoted.

Tony Pulis was happy with his team’s overall display but he admitted a solitary personal mistake cost his team. He thinks the structure and the organization from his team was good.

Chelsea travel to bottom placed Sunderland in the midweek as West Brom host another struggling side Swansea.

 

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