Chelsea 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

Conte came under increasing scrutiny over his position in the wake of back-to-back defeats in the league against Bournemouth and Watford.

The Italian tactician has deployed the Spanish striker as his main frontman, when fit, this season, with Michy Batshuayi shipped out to Borussia Dortmund on loan in January having started just three Premier League games.

Alan Pardew insisted he had no problem fielding Rodriguez, who was charged by the FA on Thursday with using racist language towards Brighton's Gaetan Bong last month but has vowed to clear his name. The Belgian ace believed his side were by far the better one and didn't give any chance to Alan Pardew's men.

"Sometimes it happens, you win and you lose". He's very strong, powerful player and he can help us for the rest of the season'.

"It's very important to have all your players available and in this case to have two number nines, Morata and Giroud, to have two options, is very important for us".

"For this reason, I think it's right to have a programme, to have a plan, to face these two tough weeks in the right way".

Olivier Giroud's need to play regularly was the reason he left Arsenal for Chelsea, according to the striker himself, while he also called his new club "perfect for him". West Brom dominated the proceedings early on.

A good night for the hosts was wrapped up in the 71st minute when the superb Hazard scored his second, and the hosts' third. "He has a lot of defenders around him so we are free to play around him, myself, Pedro and Willian", the Belgium global said.

Defending champions Chelsea have seen their Premier League crown slip, with Manchester City dominating the battle for domestic supremacy in 2017-18.

The Belgium worldwide has been instrumental in keeping Chelsea in the top-four hunt and has scored 11 goals and two assists in the Premier League thus far - including a recent brace against West Brom in Chelsea's 3-0 win.


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