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Chelsea condemn Huddersfield to fifth defeat in six games

Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko scores against Huddersfield

Chelsea moved level on points with second-placed Manchester United after goals by Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro ensured Huddersfield lost for the fifth time in six games.

France midfielder Bakayoko set Antonio Conte's side on their way after clipping the ball beyond Jonas Lossl after the Huddersfield keeper had slipped in the wet conditions making a clearance.

Brazil midfielder Willian doubled the lead before the interval with a header before teeing-up Pedro to hammer the third goal.

Huddersfield substitute Rajiv van la Parra headed a late consolation but Huddersfield were well beaten.

This was the response Conte had demanded from his champions after their surprise 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday which led Conte to concede his side are out of the title race.

No fatigue as Blues bounce back

In the past two weeks Conte has claimed there was a fixture conspiracy against his team while, on the eve of Chelsea's 25th league and cup game, the Italian complained of fatigue being Chelsea's biggest enemy.

Yet if the Blues are feeling tired juggling domestic and European commitments, they did not show it in west Yorkshire.

Chelsea dominated from start to finish and scored all three goals in the first 50 minutes.

The visitors arrived in Huddersfield having endured a difficult week - defeat at West Ham coming after failure to finish top of their Champions League group left them a tough last-16 tie with Barcelona to negotiate.

The return of Willian, one of four changes made by Conte, was key with the former Shakhtar Donetsk player involved in all three goals.

Chelsea's players celebrate scoring a goal against Huddersfield

His clever pass enabled Bakayoko to score his third goal in a blue shirt since his move from Monaco in a £40m deal - the attack started by Lossl's slip.

Bakayoko should have made it 2-0 but headed wide after Willian had whipped in a free-kick before the latter made it 2-0, a close range header from Marcos Alonso's cross.

Huddersfield's lacklustre performance enabled Chelsea to extend their lead further, Pedro finding the top corner after Willian chested Alonso's cross into his path.

It was all too easy for the visitors, who sent on Michy Batshuayi for the final 21 minutes six days after the £33m signing had helped the club's under-21s beat MK Dons 4-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Terriers lack bite

Fixtures against the likes of Chelsea are unlikely to determine Huddersfield's Premier League fate, yet they were a shadow of the side that famously beat Manchester United two months ago.

They allowed Chelsea to bully them from the start and it was only in the closing stages, when some fans had left the stadium and Chelsea had the points in the bag, that they improved.

Their first touch won in Chelsea's penalty area came after an hour, while they managed just two shots on target all game.

Lossl's slip that led to the first goal was unfortunate but the defending for Willian's goal was poor, and Pedro was unmarked when he fired home.

David Wagner's side have now played all the 'big six' but they will have to keep possession better than they did against Chelsea when they entertain the likes of Stoke, Burnley and West Ham in the coming weeks.

La Parra's late consolation was an excellent glancing header from fellow substitute Florent Hadergjonaj's cross. It was a pity many Huddersfield fans were already on their way home and missed it.

Man of the match - Willian (Chelsea)

Willian (centra) celebrates a Chelsea goal with his team-mates against Huddersfield

What's next?

Wagner will hope to see an improvement from his side when they face Watford away on Saturday in the Premier League (15:00 GMT), while Chelsea at are home to Southampton at the same time.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Lössl
  • 2Smith
  • 25Jorgensen
  • 26Schindler
  • 15LöweSubstituted forHadergjonajat 67'minutes
  • 9Kachunga
  • 19Williams
  • 6HoggSubstituted forWhiteheadat 45'minutes
  • 10Mooy
  • 22Ince
  • 24MounieSubstituted forDepoitreat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Whitehead
  • 13Coleman
  • 14Cranie
  • 17van La Parra
  • 20Depoitre
  • 23Quaner
  • 33Hadergjonaj

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 27ChristensenSubstituted forAmpaduat 80'minutes
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 15Moses
  • 7KantéSubstituted forDrinkwaterat 71'minutes
  • 14Bakayoko
  • 3Alonso
  • 22Willian
  • 11Pedro
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forBatshuayiat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Caballero
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 6Drinkwater
  • 17Musonda
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 24Cahill
  • 44Ampadu
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
24,169

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Chelsea 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Chelsea 3.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Chelsea 3. Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Florent Hadergjonaj with a cross.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Chelsea).

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Williams.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Hand ball by Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea).

Tiemoué Bakayoko (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town).

Offside, Chelsea. Antonio Rüdiger tries a through ball, but Victor Moses is caught offside.

Offside, Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi tries a through ball, but Pedro is caught offside.

Offside, Chelsea. Marcos Alonso tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Ethan Ampadu replaces Andreas Christensen.

Victor Moses (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town).

Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Laurent Depoitre replaces Steve Mounie.

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Daniel Drinkwater replaces N'Golo Kanté.

Offside, Chelsea. N'Golo Kanté tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi replaces Eden Hazard.

Attempt missed. Pedro (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Attempt missed. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Florent Hadergjonaj replaces Chris Löwe.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Zanka (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steve Mounie.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jonas Lössl.

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Zanka.

Attempt blocked. Victor Moses (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Christopher Schindler tries a through ball, but Steve Mounie is caught offside.

Offside, Chelsea. Willian tries a through ball, but Victor Moses is caught offside.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Zanka (Huddersfield Town).

Foul by Tiemoué Bakayoko (Chelsea).

Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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