Former champions of England, Chelsea hosted their London based rivals West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, as they looked to start live under new boss Antonio Conte positively, who had chosen a strange 4-1-4-1 formation. The Blues were keen to get off to a winning start after some of their top rivals had already done so during the course of the games at the weekend. With that said and done, it would not be an easy game for either club, as both sides looked to secure all three points.
The former Italy and Juventus manager was out to make a statement and had no intention of dropping any points on Match Day 1, at his new club. The atmosphere was all set for a high intensity encounter and the two teams did not want to disappoint the fans.
The home side started off the first half more positively than their opponents, though the chances that fell to either side during the course of the initial period were not taken. Oscar had a huge penalty shout turned out as well and the opening 45 minutes produced no goals, but just some drama rather.
After the restart, things looked much brighter as Belgian international Eden Hazard gave his side the lead within a couple of minutes. This sent out a positive vibe and possibly was a sign of things to come. The two teams tried to find more goals, though the end product always seemed to be lacking for some reason, with the managers urging their side to push forward.
However, it was defender James Collins eventually who got on the score-sheet to equalize and make it 1-1 for the Hammers in the 77th minute of the match. The last 13 minutes would now be interesting, as both teams had the chance to win it.
It also seemed that the hard work put in by Slaven Bilic’s had paid off and his side would take home a point at least, if not more. Football is a really funny game at times, though.
Well, it was just not meant to be for the east London side, as Spanish international Diego Costa just had other plans and made all the headlines. The former Atletico Madrid man struck home a late winner to give his side a narrow win over their domestic rivals, with just a minute of play left.
The game ended 2-1 to Chelsea and the stadium was full of noise and joy, as they enjoyed the way that their side had won and earned all three points.
Antonio Conte’s reaction was a spectacle of passion to watch, as he jumped up and down and hugged everyone that he could. There was joy all over the stadium, as Chelsea were off to a winning start and Conte had waved his magic on the team.