A dominant win makes several things clear, and they're all good for the Blues.
Five things we learnt from Chelsea's 3-0 victory over West Ham
There's still life in the old dogs yet
John Terry has been playing well for much of the season, and was dominant in a game with little attacking presence for him and Gary Cahill to deal with. Frank Lampard has had a more varied season, looking a little short of his former self in a few matches. Against his former club he was back on form, orchestrating proceedings alongside Oscar, and showing plenty of attacking threat in possession as he scored two goals and registered several shots. Whether Lampard can have such an influence in a more competitive game is something that will be answered on another day, but he, and Terry, clearly still have something to offer.
Cesar Azpilicueta can do a job in either fullback position
With Jose Mourinho obviously not fancying Ryan Bertrand, and Ashley Cole yet to reach match fitness following his niggling injuries, Azpilicueta has proved himself to be an excellent and versatile player to have at fullback. The Spaniard looked very much at home despite playing on the left, and made several key interceptions defensively. Chelsea utilised his pace in both defence and attack, and it'll be interesting to see when, or whether, Cole can win his place back.
Oscar continues to be Chelsea's most influential attacking player
Despite Lampard's impressive performance, it was a close run thing between him and his young teammate in picking the game's best player. With last season's Player of the Year Juan Mata continuing on the bench, it's easy to point fingers when things aren't going Chelsea's way, as they hadn't been for a couple of games before the West Ham win, but the reality is that Oscar is and has been Chelsea's best player this year. At just 22-years-old, the Brazilian is only likely to get better too, and the World Cup next year could elevate him to a genuine superstar level.
Chelsea have outstanding strength in depth
With all the talk about who should play upfront or in the number 10 role for Chelsea, the obvious point being missed is that Chelsea have an outstanding squad of players, possibly the strongest squad of twenty-five in the country. If Etoo sparks into life, and there were some very encouraging signs in this game that he may be about to do that, then Chelsea could easily begin to run down leaders Arsenal.
To Mikel or not to Mikel
Though his name is often met with groans among Chelsea fans, the big Nigerian proved emphatically that his place in a Chelsea team gives others the chance to flourish. Lampard, who had been used in a deeper role at various points this season, noticeably had his best game this season, and proved that he still has something to offer at Premier League level. It was Mikel's presence that allowed Ramires to burst forward with less defensive concern than before, and Lampard to drift into positions where he is still more than capable of doing some damage. Mikel won't make Hollywood passes or assists, but everyone surely knows that now. Mikel allows for others to get the headlines.
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