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Chelsea player ratings vs West Ham

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Chelsea worked off the Christmas Day turkey with a hard fought win over West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

They were made to battle hard by a West Ham team that has enjoyed its best ever start to a Premier League season, and although Sam Allardyce opted to rest Alex Song and Diafra Sakho, they still posed a threat to Chelsea’s defence in an entertaining second half.

In the end though, goals from John Terry and Diego Costa gave Chelsea the 2-0 victory - and here are your player ratings for the Chelsea boys...

Thibaut Courtois

The Chelsea goalkeeper was a virtual bystander in the first half, when West Ham barely threatened. They picked things up in the second, but Courtois never had to do anything other than routine.

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Branislav Ivanovic

West Ham’s biggest threat came through Enner Valencia, up against Ivanovic on Chelsea’s right flank. As a result, the Serbian’s attacking bursts were limited slightly. Still, another reassuringly solid display from Ivanovic.

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John Terry

Opened the scoring when he turned in Diego Costa’s header from a corner. The Chelsea captain was a rock at the back and dealt with Andy Carroll expertly.

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Gary Cahill

Had a fantastic opportunity to join his centre-back teammate on the scoresheet but blasted his volley straight at Adrian. Another composed performance from Cahill, as the Chelsea defence kept a dangerous West Ham attack at arms length.

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Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta did Cesar Azpilicueta things - basically he did his job to a tee and you didn’t really notice him. Stewart Downing has had tons of praise in recent weeks, but he was kept in the Chelsea man’s pocket until Downing was substituted on 74 minutes.

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Nemanja Matic

We were robbed of the opportunity to watch Matic and Song go head-to-head, and up against Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble, the Serbian had a fairly comfortable afternoon. One tackle on Valencia was eye-catching.

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Cesc Fabregas

A quiet game for Fabregas in the middle of midfield. Rarely put under any pressure when in possession, he was allowed to pick his passes and did so to good effect.

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Willian

The Brazilian has so much energy. He kept Aaron Cresswell occupied throughout, checking his forays forward. If he can add more goals and assists to his game, he will become even more valuable.

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Eden Hazard

Bewitching display from the Belgian. By far the best player on the pitch from the first 10 minutes, Hazard had the West Ham defence in knots every time he touched the ball. Some of the one-twos he works are reminiscent of Lionel Messi, and today he played just like the Barcelona superstar.

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Oscar

Quieter than Willian and Hazard, Oscar’s best chance came via a well-taken second half free kick. Not his best day, but this Chelsea attacking trio can dominate Europe for the next half decade.

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Diego Costa

A goal and an assist for the Spain international - another top day at the office. His goal was a beauty, cutting back onto his left foot, he arrowed a low shot expertly past Adrian from a tricky angle. Full of running and an ever reliable hold-up man, Costa rarely put a foot wrong.

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