While goals from Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham gave Frank Lampard’s Premier League side Chelsea a 3-0 victory over West Ham on Monday night, what appeared on the surface to be a comfortable victory and a clean sheet win did not exactly pan out that way.
The victory was patchy and the result simply glosses over the fact that, though it may not seem important since the team acquired the three points without conceding, another opposing team in West Ham’s place and it very well could have been a different end result.
The Blues struggled for long periods but had Abraham on hand to net his first brace since scoring a hat-trick against Wolves in September 2019. Chelsea’s German striker Timo Werner again could not find his scoring boots in any of the four attempts he made at goal. He has now failed to score in each of his last seven starts for Chelsea in all competitions.
However, Lampard reposes such confidence in the player that he is a constant feature in the starting lineup. He must see things in training that are not entirely obvious in the field of play. The earlier those observations translate to reality in the competitive turf against opposing teams, the better for Lampard and the entire team.
On his own, Silva did a yeoman’s work at his centre back position and was kept busy throughout. His six clearances, three interceptions, a tackle and a block all combined to keep West Ham at bay and ensure the clean sheet A towering header into goal after some dodgy zonal marking from a Hammers perspective capped off a fine defensive display from the veteran.
Yet, such was Chelsea’s unconvincing display that between Silva’s opener in the 10th minute and Abraham’s first goal in the 78th minute, Frank Lampard’s side were wasteful in front of goal firing off 11 shots in all, seven on target but managed to convert only three.
The Hammers were unprepared to take advantage. They had their own profligacy to deal with in the form of their primary attacker Ivorian Sebastian Haller allowing Senegalese Edouard Mendy pick another clean sheet, as they ground out the result that some could argue they didn’t truly deserve.
In the final analysis, it will be said that the men from Stamford Bridge put an extremely important three points on the board. In the end, Chelsea’s ability to put the ball in the net proved the difference because West Ham’s second-half pressure did not pay any dividends as they were blunt in front of goal to their own detriment.
If Chelsea are to truly contend for the coveted trophy of the EPL, much more will be expected of them than this.