Blues thump Hammers to go third

A Frank Lampard double inspired Chelsea to victory against the England international’s former club West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday evening.

The Blues al-time record goal scorer struck first from the penalty spot on 21 minutes after Oscar was brought down by Hammers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Oscar himself doubled the visitors’ advantage, drilling home from the edge of the penalty area eleven minutes before the break.

Sam Allardyce’s men showed improvements in the second half, though the result was put beyond doubt by Lampard, who bagged his second of the evening late on to see the club leapfrog Southampton – who lost to leaders Arsenal earlier in the day – into third place.

Jose Mourinho’s men will now turn their attention to tomorrow evening’s trip to FC Basel, where they can secure first place Group E with victory while they host Southampton in their next league fixture on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are the latest sides to be linked with a January move for out of favour Chelsea forward Juan Mata, according to the Express.

The two times Blues Player of the Year was once again left out of the Blues match day squad at the weekend.