Eden Hazard reacts to Chelsea’s 2-1 win over West Ham
Eden Hazard has his say after Chelsea kick off Antonio Conte's reign as manager with a 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham
Eden Hazard could not hide his delight after helping to fire Chelsea to a 2-1 win over West Ham United in Antonio Conte’s first Premier League game in charge at Stamford Bridge.
After a goalless and largely uninspiring first half in west London, Chelsea went 1-0 up through the Belgian’s penalty in the 47th minute after Michail Antonio fouled Cesar Azpilicueta.
However, West Ham battled back and equalised in the 77th minute when James Collins fired home to draw them level.
But Diego Costa had the final say when he rifled in a low shot into the bottom corner in the 89th minute to hand Chelsea three points and get their campaign off to a winning start in front of their home fans.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports after the game, Hazard said: “It was good to be back on the pitch in front of our own supporters.
“To win the first game of the season is always important. We did very well and we played 90 minutes like tigers.
“It’s not every year I score in my first game. I missed a couple of penalties last season and it’s always good to score.”
He added: “Last season is finished. Now we are looking forward to the future. We want to bring to the fans a lot of emotion and it’s always good to start the season like this.”
Next up for Chelsea – who finished in 10th place in the top flight table last season – is a trip to Watford on Saturday afternoon.