Chelsea Welcome to A&E! Morata and Hazard will scare defenders to death this season Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 01:22 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Chelsea Premier League West Bromwich Albion Antonio Conte The duo combined to devastating effect on Saturday, scoring three goals between them, as Chelsea thrashed West Brom 4-0 Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard showed on Saturday that they are the key to Chelsea’s hopes of success, not only this season but in the years to come, as they ran riot against West Brom at the Hawthorns.West Brom have been the type of opponent that Chelsea have struggled against this campaign, but they were brutally put to the sword. Long before half time, many fans had already left the stadium such was Chelsea’s dominance here.Gayle 11/1 FGS with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Cesc Fabregas provided creativity from deep and ran the midfield but it was Morata and Hazard who were the undoubted stars of the show. They scored three of the four goals between them and combined brilliantly throughout.Hazard needed a few weeks after breaking his ankle to get back to his best but he’s now at his peak. A stunning dribble and shot was parried into Morata’s path for the first goal. Morata repaid the favour with a beautiful backheel to Hazard, the Belgian taking it around Ben Foster to make it 2-0.Marcos Alonso made it 3-0 unmarked from a free-kick and the under-fire Tony Pulis must have been hoping that a Chelsea substitute would throw one of their white shirts onto the pitch to signal mercy.Morata has proved to be a wonderful signing since his £60 million move from Real Madrid. It is hard to believe that he went through a mini-goal drought after his hamstring injury when you look at his statistics. He has eight goals and four assists in his first 11 Premier League games for the club and at 25 years old, he’s still yet to reach his peak.Meanwhile, Hazard showed why Chelsea are desperate for him to agree a new contract with two goals and deserved an assist for his parried shot. A perfect first touch from a long Fabregas ball gave Hazard all the time in the world to beat Ben Foster to make it 4-0. Conte’s Chelsea have now won all fifteen games that he scored in. Chelsea have now moved to a 3-5-2 formation with Morata as the focal point and Hazard playing off him in a free role. The formation is only a slight variation on the 3-4-3 system that won the title last season. This switch has been broadly successful as Chelsea racked up high profile wins against Atletico Madrid, Tottenham and Manchester United but it leaves Pedro and Willian on the bench. Hazard and Morata are in much better form than their squad rivals and they will be called upon in all of the biggest games. Morata and Hazard even left the field with bookings as they refused to show any complacency despite the scoreline.Chelsea now have 25 points and move above Tottenham in the league. It took them 11 games to reach this points tally last season, one less fixture than this year. But the real difference is they are now competing with a sensational Manchester City side, who won again on Saturday to maintain their nine-point lead over Conte’s men.However, as long as Hazard and Morata stay fit, it would be a surprise to not see Chelsea win something this season. Chelsea’s attacking duo showed they can do some real damage to defenders, just as they did on Saturday on the ground where they secured the Premier League several months ago. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Transfers Chivas land Sepulveda, Fierro heads to Morelia in quiet Liga MX draft day Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author 01:36 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ULISES RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images Transfers Liga MX Typically a whirlwind of signings, fewer than 60 transfers took place Wednesday with new regulations keeping things reasonable Wednesday’s Liga MX “draft” lacked its normal sizzle but still resulted in a number of transfers that will shape the upcoming Apertura.After the Mexican players association requested changes to make the transfer process less jarring for players, the league stopped announcing each transfer as it was made and also declined to announce the total amount of money that changed hands as it has in past years.With the change, many of the biggest moves already had been announced. Rodolfo Pizarro’s move from Chivas to Monterrey was confirmed as was Cruz Azul’s capture of center back Pablo Aguilar from Club Tijuana and Pumas’ handful of swaps. On draft day, Cruz Azul announced it was sending center back Julian Velazquez to Tijuana, which will get a replacement for Aguilar in the form of the Argentine. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Cruz Azul also brought in attacking players in the offseason as new sporting director Ricardo Pelaez looks to retool the club. Elias Hernandez, Roberto Alvarado and Milton Caraglio’s signings already had been announced, paving the way for La Maquina to move Carlos Fierro to Morelia on Wednesday.Chivas weren’t expected to be active in the draft beyond selling a few players, but did bring in a pair of players who will push for first-team minutes. The club, which signs only Mexican players, acquired forward Angel Sepulveda from Morelia and also added defender Josecarlos Van Rankin from Pumas.After a disappointing season in Guanajuato, Leon will have a different look. In addition to moving Hernandez to Cruz Azul, its other winger Andres Andrade is headed for Atlas. The team picked up ex-Chivas goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota in the offseason and also moved for Pedro Aquino from Lobos BUAP.Atlas reportedly will acquire the services of American center back Omar Gonzalez from Pachuca, but there had been no official confirmation from either side of the deal as of Thursday morning. Young America attacker Alejandro Diaz is confirmed to head to Guadalajara to join Atlas.One draft day surprise was Necaxa acquiring Carlos “Gullit” Pena. Personal issues have kept Pena from finding success on the field recently, but he went to a facility to begin recovery from alcoholism this summer and will join Los Rayos, looking to return to the form he showed with Leon years ago.