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Chelsea increases European chances with 5-0 thrashing of West Ham

The result moved Chelsea to seventh in the table, overtaking Manchester United, who play on Monday, and moving them within reach of Europa League qualification.

Chelsea boosted their chances of European football next season by beating West Ham 5-0 in the Premier League on Sunday, with Cole Palmer, Conor Gallagher, Noni Madueke and Nicolas Jackson all on the scoresheet.

The result moved Chelsea to seventh in the table, overtaking Manchester United, who play on Monday, and moving them within reach of Europa League qualification.

Palmer, 21, grabbed a loose ball after Madueke’s cross in the 15th minute and fired into the far corner over West Ham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. It was his 21st league goal in his first season for the club.

Captain Gallagher also took advantage of a loose ball in the area after a tackle on Madueke and smashed home his chance on the half-hour mark with West Ham’s defense in disarray.

Madueke went from provider to goalscorer and back again, either side of half-time.

Six minutes after Gallagher’s strike, he steered home from close range after 39-year-old Brazilian defender Thiago Silva nodded straight at his feet through a Mudryk corner.

Three minutes after the break, he controlled a perfectly weighted cross-field pass from Benoit Badiashile and squared it for Jackson to push home past the unprotected Areola.

Jackson was awarded his second after a VAR check showed he had just been left out when he made another long pass upfield in the 80th minute, this time from Equador’s Moises Caicedo, and finished with aplomb.

It was the first time since January that Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea have won two league games in a row after a fine 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in another derby just three days ago.

“After the win against Tottenham and to come back after a few days is very good,” Pochettino told Sky Sports. “It was a brilliant game, it was great. They responded in the right way. I was so happy how we played against each other on Thursday and we have talented players to create chances and score goals.”

The south-west London side also beat Everton 6-0 last month after a difficult first half of the season, in which they spurned chances and rarely matched up.

“We have to keep this momentum and this belief going,” Pochettino added.

West Ham had chances in an energetic match but were let down by a fragile defense. The ever-busy Jarrod Bowen hit the woodwork three times and Emerson fired over the crossbar early in the second half, with only Djordje Petrovic to beat.

Petrovic then tipped over a beautiful free kick from James Ward-Prowse in the 55th minute.

But David Moyes’ side are now without a win in six games in all competitions and were clearly out of the woods as rumors swirled about their coach’s impending departure.