The Observer, Joe Lovejoy: “West Bromwich Albion are much improved under Roy Hodgson but Manchester United they are not, and Chelsea put a grim week behind them with a win much more convincing than the scoreline would suggest.”
Sunday Telegraph, Sandy Macaskill: “Fernando Torres is misfiring, Carlo Ancelotti might be a dead man walking, but Didier Drogba is on fire. The striker scored his second goal in as many games, dismantled West Bromwich Albion and gave Carlo Ancelotti something to smile about.”
Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle, Dan Levene: “Torres, benched for the start following his abject showing at Old Trafford on Tuesday, gave a wry smile from the dugout, as Drogba assisted in each of Chelsea’s three goals at The Hawthorns.”
Independent on Sunday, Phil Shaw: “Chelsea’s eighth win in 11 Premier League games, only one of which has been lost, took them to within a point of second-placed Arsenal. Asked whether they were still contenders to retain their title, Ancelotti’s reply seemed to rule out any dramatic late surge while acknowledging that he may not be around come next August’s big kick-off. ‘I know very well we were not good enough this season, but I hope we can finish well,’ said the Chelsea manager. ‘After that the club will make a decision.'”
Official Chelsea FC Website: “Chelsea are back to winnings ways after coming from behind to produce a dominating performance at The Hawthorns.”
“Didier played very well, as did all the team.
“It is not easy to come here but we showed good character and personality, a good reaction to the goal because we maintained composure and the performance was really good.
“We played 4-3-3, maintaining Kalou and Malouda a little wide because West Brom have fantastic defensive organisation and they close very well the middle of the pitch using two lines close together. We wanted to play wide to have opportunities to put some crosses in and in the first half, on the left side we were very dangerous.
“Didier this year had the problem of malaria so lost some months when he was not 100 per cent but after that he has been able to use his abilities for the team. He has a body that means he can continue a long time as long as he continues to train well and be professional.
“The club bought Torres not to replace Drogba. We bought him because he is a fantastic striker and he is young but Drogba has been a very important player for this club and he will be in the future.
“We have a clear aim, to win the next six games, do our best and then wait and see what happens to the other teams.”