Pardew hopeful over Sturridge injury; West Brom man 'distraught'

Doug Mendoza
February 16, 2018

Two successive heavy defeats against Bournemouth and Watford had piled up enormous pressure on Conte but the win against baggies means Chelsea had something to cheer for. "We won the league and Champions League".

Conte's job would have been in serious jeopardy if Chelsea had lost against rock-bottom, but Hazard's brilliant brace and Victor Moses' strike ensured the Blues returned to winning ways after two consecutive defeats.

"We have a good team". I think that I'm the type of coach who if I have a player who is 6/10, I bring him to an 8/10.

"At the same time I think I had a good answer with Morata when he came on, for this we must be happy".

What's more, they've only won three games all season, while their awful return of 21 goals scored is the second-worst in the top-flight.

Chelsea host Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday before the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie against Barcelona on Tuesday.

The win has put Chelsea back up into the top four and they sit in fourth spot on 53 points, one more than fifth placed Tottenham Hotspur.

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Pardew considered the signing a "coup" - West Brom agreed to pay a £2 million fee as well as the player's wages of £120,000 a week, sources told ESPN FC - after Sturridge made just nine Premier League appearances, with five starts, for Liverpool this season. Now the most important thing for us is that these two players find their best physical condition.

'To feel this atmosphere around me is very important. To know that people appreciate my work here in Chelsea is important.

Substitute Alvaro Morata, returning after a month's layoff with a back problem, tested West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster with a stinging shot.

"We just can't seem to get the goals that get us the wins, and they need to come, and come quickly, so Daniel's recovery will be important".

It will be interesting to see what happens next with Giroud, who had stressed on the fact that he had joined Chelsea for Champions League football and more game time, as he wishes to play for France at the World Cup. A third straight defeat left West Brom seven points adrift of safety.

"We must be pleased because on the same night we found Morata who played very well in the last 30 minutes, with great personality and spirit. It's not just about the three points, it's the performance, and it should give them a big lift".

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