Is there a more familiar sight in English Football than Frank Lampard, arriving into the box with impeccable timing, to send the Stamford Bridge faithful into rapturous celebration?
Wheeling off into his trademark celebration, hands pointed to the sky, face beaming with unrivalled enjoyment, the Blues midfielder celebrates his 200th goal with the same euphoria as his first.
With Tottenham losing at home to Fulham and Arsenal in inconsistent form, Chelsea have reaffirmed themselves as huge contenders for vital Champions League qualification.
Given the freedom to roam forward by the resilient Chelsea core, Mata, the catalyst, continued to pull the strings all afternoon.
Oscar, the apprentice, who has adapted well to the aggressive English game, allusively picked up space, finding the gaps to help his team penetrate the Hammers stronghold.
Constantly probing and stretching the West Ham defence, the three musketeers caused havoc throughout the game. Comfortable in possession at all times, the midfield hub were quick, precise and devastatingly effective.
Their new manager, whomever they may be, will inherit a team full of experience and guile ready to forget the woes of this season’s controversial arrangement. Ignoring the frailties of Rafa’s time at the helm, there is a beaming light at the end of this season’s dreary tunnel.
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