Chelsea maintained their three point lead at the summit of the Premier League thanks to goals from John Terry and Diego Costa as they beat West Ham 2-0. The home side dominated the early exchanges and were knocking on the door before Terry headed home the opener from a corner on the 31st minute.
Although the home side continued to exert pressure in attack, the Hammers held on for the rest of the half. The visitors started brightly in the second half, before Costa scored on the hour mark to seal all three points for the Blues. Although Morgan Amalfitano hit the post and the Hammers finished the game on a high, they were unable to conjure a consolation as they suffered their first defeat in six games.
Here are the major talking points from the game.
1. Chelsea need to cut down on their theatrics
Movies are a dime a dozen. But great movies aren’t. So the last thing you would want when you watch a great movie is for it to be spoilt by a cameo appearance by someone who didn’t do their part right. That is precisely the current situation at Chelsea and their penchant for theatrics. While there isn’t any doubt that the Blues are the best team in the land, are the most entertaining to watch and arguably the most ruthless team in country, one aspect of their play sticks out like a bad cameo.
The side’s penchant for the diving has stuck out like a sore thumb in the last few weeks and it’s high time it is rectified before it taints the beautiful football that they play. The Blues are one of the biggest and strongest sides in the League, but some of their players aren’t doing the fans any favors by diving when they don’t need to. Last week it was Gary Cahill’s “swan dive”, against West Ham, it was Branislav Ivanovic. Two, big strong centre halves going down as though they have been shot doesn’t send out the right message and Jose Mourinho has to do something about it soon.