Chelsea returned to the top of the Premier League with this hard fought win over east London rivals West Ham at Stamford Bridge. Blues defender Alex had put the home side ahead after a quarter of an hour but former player Scott Parker put away a half volley to level things for the Hammers.
The second half saw Carlo Ancelotti’s side put immense pressure on their visitors and in form striker Didier Drogba put Chelsea ahead just before the hour mark and Florent Malouda steadied the fans nerves by making it 3-1 with 15 minutes left to play. Didier Drogba added a fourth in the dying minutes to secure the victory and continue his own hot streak.
The win puts Chelsea back above Manchester United ahead of their crucial Champions League encounter with Inter Milan on Tuesday night.
Chelsea 1-0 West Ham United (Alex)
Chelsea 1-1 West Ham United (Parker)
Chelsea 2-1 West Ham United (Drogba)
Chelsea 3-1 West Ham United (Malouda)
Chelsea 4-1 West Ham United (Drogba)