Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard scored twice in addition to another strike by Nigerian Victor Moses as Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 home win over struggling West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Monday.
The victory snaps a run of two successive losses and eases the pressure on underfire manager Antonio Conte as the champions move back into the top four, one point ahead of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and a point behind third-placed Liverpool.
Hazard danced through the Baggies defence in the 25th minute before playing a neat one-two with new signing Olivier Giroud who held off defenders to lay the ball for the Belgium international to fire past goalkeeper Ben Foster for the opener.
Moses shrugged off his recent lethargy to add Chelsea’s second after sprinting down the wing and laying the ball off to Cesc Fabregas, whose flick was deflected back into the Nigerian’s path for him to sweep home.
Hazard’s second goal in the 71st minute – his third in three games – made sure of the points after he received a pass from substitute Alvaro Morata, and jinked past defender Jonny Evans to guide the ball home.
A beaming Conte, who has had to answer questions about his job over the past weeks, hurried round the pitch after the whistle, shaking hands.
The Blues are still competing on three fronts as they face Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round on Friday before meeting Barcelona in a mouth-watering Champions League last 16 tie on February 20.