Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Antonio Conte celebrate but Cesc Fabregas isn’t feeling it!
Diego Costa’s late goal gave Antonio Conte a winning start to his Chelsea career as his new team beat West Ham 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
The Spanish international had a lively game and had played well but his real impact came in the 89th minute when his 20 yard shot hit the back of the net.
Conte made the most of the emotional atmosphere and celebrated with the fans – he does feel a bit like Jose Mourinho and is likely to be loved by the fans.
The Blues took the lead with Eden Hazard’s penalty after Michail Antonio had fouled Cesar Azpilcueta – As soon as he scored his new coach turned to the fans and raised a fist. He really will be a crowd pleaser.
James Collins had equalised in the second half and the Hammers will feel frustrated that they could not hold on for a point.
Chelsea fans would have headed back to Fulham Broadway feeling very positive – new signing N’Golo Kante looked like an ‘energizer bunny’ in midfield, Hazard looked refreshed and Costa seemed hungry for the ball!
After the match Hazard said:
“It was good to be back on the pitch in front of our own supporters. We did very well and we played 90 minutes like tigers.
“It’s not every year I score in my first game. Last season is finished – we are looking forward to the future. We want to bring a lot of emotion to the fans.”
Another frustration, aside from losing, for Slaven Bilic’s team was that new signing Andre Ayew hobbled off with a thigh injury in the first half.
It was a disappointing evening for Cesc Fabregas who had to settle for a place on the substitute’s bench and has been linked with a move away from before the transfer window closes.
Bilic told the press:
“When you lose a game and concede late, of course you are disappointed. Apart from the first 15 minutes until we equalised, they were much better than us.
“We came back into the game. We played well after 1-1, but we made the mistake in the middle of the park. We gave the ball away and conceded a cheap goal.”
Next up for Chelsea is a trip to Watford where it’s a battle of two Italian managers – a contest that a few years ago saw them face each other as the coaches of Juventus and Napoli.
West Ham host Bournemouth on Sunday in front of the cameras – the Cherries lost 3-1 to Manchester United in Mourinho’s first game.
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