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Chelsea strengthens their European ambition by thumping West Ham 5-0

"Nicolas Jackson struck twice in the second half to round off a wholly positive afternoon for the Blues"

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It was a day to forget for David Moyes as Chelsea pummeled West Ham to strengthen their chances of securing European football next season.

The Blues are finishing strong in the closing stages of the league, as they have won nine of their past 11 home Premier League outings.

They are now on a four-game winning streak at Stamford Bridge, having beaten Manchester United, Everton, Tottenham, and now West Ham.

West Ham, on the other hand, hasn’t kept a clean sheet in their last 16 games.

David Moyes’s West Ham have conceded 70 Premier League goals this season, their joint-most in a single campaign in the competition. It’s also the most goals Moyes has ever shipped in a single top-flight season.

It took just 15 minutes for Chelsea to carve their guest open defensively, with the informed Cole Palmer reacting quickest to meet a loose ball in the West Ham box.

West Ham almost hit back immediately when Jarrod Bowen’s header crashed back off the crossbar, but from then on it was one-way traffic.

Chelsea doubled their lead on the half-hour mark thanks to Conor Gallagher, before Noni Madueke headed in the third six minutes later.

Nicolas Jackson struck twice in the second half to round off a wholly positive afternoon for the Blues.

Chelsea are now playing their best football of the season, and the question is whether this will strengthen Mauricio Pochettino’s position as manager.

After the 5-0 defeat at Arsenal, the Argentine faced renewed conversations about his long-term suitability for the role at Stamford Bridge.

But since then, a 5-0 win at home to West Ham represents redemption after a dominant 2-0 victory against Tottenham on Thursday night.

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