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Chelsea 5-0 West Ham: Pochettino keen to maintain momentum after derby win

Stamford Bridge, Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino is urging his players to keep their momentum going after Chelsea thrashed West Ham 5-0 in the Premier League.

The Blues edged ahead after 15 minutes through Cole Palmer before Conor Gallagher and Noni Madueke extended their lead to three before half-time.

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Nicolas Jackson bagged a brace in the second half to round off another great day at the office for the West London club.

Pochettino is finally starting to get a tune out of his players after enduring a difficult start to life back in the capital.

There were signs of his impressive man-management on display after the 2-0 win against Tottenham on Thursday when he could be seen engaging in a light-hearted conversation with Madueke at full-time.

Gallagher’s emphatic volley for Chelsea’s second against the Hammers represented a team full of confidence and they will feel they can beat anyone at this stage in the season.

Pochettino can guide the Blues into Europe next season and he is hoping to tap into the players’ winning mentality to achieve that feat.

He said: “We need to keep this momentum and belief going.

“We are going to rest tomorrow and Tuesday we will prepare for Nottingham Forest. It’s step by step but most important is the mentality.

“Last season was tough for everyone here and to turn the feelings and performance this season is difficult.

“We needed time for everyone to trust in the process and we have recovered good feelings at Stamford Bridge.”

West Ham put in another dire performance and never really threatened against their London rivals.

Jarrod Bowen had the chance to level proceedings at 1-0, but his header bounced back off the crossbar and that was about the only chance of the game for himself and the Hammers.

Reports suggest the club are keen to replace David Moyes in the summer and Julen Lopetegui is the frontrunner for the job in East London.

West Ham have now lost three of their last four in the top flight and could finish well into the bottom half if they do not pick themselves up for the final few games.

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.

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