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Hammers in top four boost

Since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea are yet to lose and consolidated last night after beating Everton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues season was going awry under former manager Frank Lampard when a restless Roman Abrahamovic pulled the trigger to fire Lampard and bring in Tuchel.

The 47- year old German was fired by PSG in December. He has brought out fire in Chelsea and have now won seven and drawn two under his watch.

Last night, Kai Havertz’s shot was turned in for an own goal by Ben Godfrey for Chelsea’s opener in the first half. The Germany international then won a penalty, which Jorginho converted, to maintain Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten record as Chelsea boss.

The Blues remain fourth and in the last Champions League qualifying spot. With 10 league games of the season left, they are now only three points behind third-placed Leicester and four adrift of Manchester United in second.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “We deserved to win. It was a very difficult first half but we controlled it completely. In the second half, we increased our level and had a lot of dangerous attacks.

“You see the quality of the players and the club. It is a pleasure to be on the sideline and work with the team. Everybody in the club is doing everything to compete at this level.”

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti: “They played better than us. They deserved to win. We were good defensively for 30 minutes. When they scored, the game became difficult for us. They are a good team.

“Jordan did well. For the penalty he can do better but it doesn’t change the performance. I think it was a penalty.

“The game that we planned was what we got for 30 minutes. But we have to be honest, we are not at the same level. We cannot play an open game against this kind of team. It was the plan to play the same way as we played against Liverpool, but against Liverpool we scored early.

“We are looking to fight for Europe. This is good for us. We will be there until the last game. We are disappointed for this defeat but no tragedy. We look to the next game.”

West Ham Boost Champions League Chances

West Ham defeated Leeds United 2-0 to move up to fifth in the EPL.

The win over Leeds saw Everton drop to sixth, four points behind Chelsea.

West Ham climbed to fifth in the Premier League – two points behind Chelsea with a game in hand – after being sparked into life by Jesse Lingard. His menacing run forced a penalty from Luke Ayling and the on-loan Manchester United forward converted the rebound after his spot-kick was saved by Illan Meslier.

Leeds had found the net twice in a blistering opening spell, but Tyler Roberts’ finish was ruled out for a marginal offside against Helder Costa, and Raphinha ran the ball out of play before crossing to Patrick Bamford.

But they were 2-0 down before half-time when the unmarked Craig Dawson headed in Aaron Cresswell’s corner.

Leeds, who stay in 11th place, went close to a response five minutes after the restart when Raphinha’s sensational overhead attempt was tipped over by Lukasz Fabianski, while Pablo Fornals struck the crossbar for the hosts with a dipping second-half shot.

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