Belgium Forward Eden Hazard’s brace was more than enough to seal the much expected Victory for Chelsea against Westham.
Hazard, who has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, evaded five players during a stunning run, before the Belgium forward calmly beat keeper Lukasz Fabianski.
He added a late second goal to cap a magnificent individual performance in an entertaining game at Stamford Bridge.
Gonzalo Higuain hit a post, while Hazard was denied a penalty after what looked like a foul by Marko Arnautovic, with Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini going closest for West Ham with a shot which was beaten away by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Chelsea Winger was exceptional from start to finish against the hammers, inspiring his side to an 11th top-flight win at Stamford Bridge this season, and received a standing ovation from Chelsea fans at the final whistle.
Meanwhile the Hammers remain 11th after a third defeat in four league games and their hopes of finishing in the top seven for the second time in four seasons are fading away after a ninth away league defeat.
Chelsea, who can still qualify for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League, are three points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal – who have a game in hand – after a third successive league win.
Hazard’s contract expires in the summer of 2020 and Blues fans will hope the club do not cash in on their prize asset after Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane admitted he has “always appreciated” the Chelsea player.
With the London club hit with a FIFA transfer ban preventing them from signing players until the end of January 2020, Chelsea would have to wait to spend any money if they did decide to sell Hazard.
By Olukayode Oniwinde