Chelsea and West Ham may be from opposite ends of the capital, but their rivalry is well documented. Frank Lampard himself has a personal grudge to bear against his former club after he was subjected to taunts and jeers upon moving from West Ham to Chelsea in 2001. Differing fortunes on the pitch have failed to taint the competitive aspect of this London derby. So with that in mind, we take a look at Chelsea’s top five moments against The Hammers.
5. Ten Men Run Riot (2006)
Chelsea were a remarkable force at home under Jose Mourinho. Unbeaten in their previous 41 games at Stamford Bridge their record seemed under serious threat when Maniche was sent off just moments after James Collins had given Alan Pardew’s side a surprise lead. The Blues, however, just weeks away from securing their second successive Premier League title roared back in style. Quickfire goals from Didier Drogba and Hernan Crespo soon turned the tide for the hosts, before the prolific defensive pairing of John Terry and William Gallas wrapped up an emphatic 4-1 victory after half-time.
4. Gianfranco Zola nutmegs Julian Dicks (1996)
Chelsea’s mid 90s revolution was in its infancy and Gianfranco Zola was by no means the household name he would later become in West London. In just his sixth game for the club, though, the little Italian announced himself to English football with a majestic jinking run that sent West Ham full-back Dicks into early retirement. Zola had already set up Mark Hughes for the opening goal before the Welshman returned the favour with a cushioned ball into the Italian’s path. Having taken the ball in his stride Zola squared up Dicks, before riding the initial challenge and then poking the ball through the defender’s legs and finishing. The goal was of such cultural significance, Chelsea were on the rise as West Ham battled with relegation, that it led to one of the most infamous chants to ever grace Stamford Bridge.
“if you wanna know about taking the piss, go down to West Ham and ask Julian Dicks about Zola” to the tune of Lola by the Kinks.
3. Super Mario (2000)
A goal perhaps more noted for its sheer brilliance than its cultural significance, Mario Stanic’s strike against West Ham on the opening day of the 2000-01 season is arguably the greatest debut goal in Premier League history. A mere 35 yards from goal the Croatian midfielder flicked the ball up before sending a looping volley that arrowed straight into the top corner. His lasting memory in a Chelsea shirt may have been his very first, but having been nominated for Match Of The Day’s goal of the season you will be hard-pressed to find a better first impression.
2. Lampard’s penalty fiasco (2008)
A goal down in front of a rapturous Upton Park, it would be an unenviable task for any man let alone a man of Lampard’s history to step up and take a penalty in the face of such antagonism. But yet Lampard did not shy away from the responsibility, and somehow managed to keep his cool not once, not twice but three times to level the scores. Despite failing to claim all three points that afternoon Chelsea would eventually go on to win the double as West Ham were relegated from the top flight the following season.
- Eden Hazard (2019)
Hazard’s final season at Chelsea was full of show-stopping moments, but his goal against West Ham stands alone in its splendour. Fans were already well accustomed to his slaloming runs by the time he took to the pitch for Chelsea’s midweek encounter with The Hammers. But whereas against Arsenal, he was faced with shrugging off the challenge of Francis Coquelin this time Hazard’s jinking feet took him past four opponents who looked on helplessly as he single-handedly broke down West Ham’s defensive line. Hazard didn’t stop there either as he sealed the three points with a driven finish minutes before the final whistle.
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