Chelsea 5-0 West Ham: 3 Blues talking points

Chelsea bolstered their prospects of clinching European football next season by comfortably defeating West Ham at Stamford Bridge. The Blues ascended to seventh place, setting their sights on Newcastle, who are currently two points ahead in sixth, occupying the final Europa League spot
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Harnessing this momentum, the Argentine manager led the team to victory in the London derby against Tottenham, securing a 2-0 win and maintaining a clean sheet. The subsequent match against the Hammers showcased a masterclass performance, with Cucurella adeptly inverting into midfield, forming a pivotal partnership with the Ecuadorean, bolstered by three defenders providing solid support from behind, thus allowing the forward players freedom to express themselves. Reflecting on the lessons learned during preseason in the United States may ultimately determine whether Pochettino's tenure extends beyond this season.

Positive injury news in time for European places run-in

Chelsea have scarcely had the opportunity to witness Christopher Nkunku in action this season, and there's little anticipation that he'll make a significant impact between now and the end of the campaign. However, the mere sight of him back on the football pitch was warmly welcomed by the home fans, evident in their cheerful cheers. Who knows what could have transpired this season if the Frenchman had been available for more than sporadic appearances. Even in his brief cameo today, we saw glimpses of his silky touch, much to the delight of the home support - not to mention Pochettino.

From one Frenchman to another, Malo Gusto also returned from the injury suffered in the FA Cup semifinal against Man City earlier this month. The right-back came on for Cobham’s Trevoh Chalobah, who, by the way, played stellar.