Chelsea had a lacklustre first half against West Ham yesterday at the Stamford Bridge in our Premier League match-up. Still, the Blues managed to pick it up in the second half, and deservedly got a 2-2 draw out of the Hammers, with two goals by Cesc Fàbregas.
The second goal came via a penalty kick drawn by a foul on midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who said after the match that Chelsea could win the game if they were a bit more lucky.
"Coming on to a game where we're losing, playing further up the pitch is ideal so I can try to impact the game, create a goal or score a goal. We did well to fight, stick at it, dig in and get the draw. We were unlucky not to get the win."
-Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Source: Sky Sports
Another player who got out of the match feeling that the Blues could win yesterday's game was Willian, who had a nice performance in his customary right-wing placement. The Brazilian lauded Fàbregas for his goalscoring showing, and said that the team should keep performing at a high-level in every game.
"I think we deserved to win. We played well, especially in the second half. We played very well and created a lot of chances. But in the end it finished 2-2. We fought right until the end and we have to continue like this in the remainder of the season."
"We are very happy that Cesc scored two goals for us. We have to take some rest now and continue like this. It was a very difficult moment for us when Andy Carroll scored the 2-1 for West Ham because we were playing very well at the time."
"We kept on going, though, and created so many chances. We could have scored more, but we didn't. But I am happy with the performance of the team. In the end, we deserved to win, but the draw was alright because we scored so late. We must play like this every game."
"It is difficult to stay motivated when you cannot win a title anymore. But we have to keep going. We play for Chelsea and have to keep going until the very end."
-Willian; Source: Sky Sports via FourFourTwo
With trophies no longer in sight for the team, the players should now fight only for the club's pride and also their own. Hopefully the Chelsea of Antonio Conte - or whoever else takes over the club next season - will show up throughout a match instead of staying uninspired for half of it, as it's been the tale of our current season.