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Florent Malouda scores a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 6-0 West Brom.Assist by Nicolas Anelka.
Simon Cox produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
Chris Brunt produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
Chris Brunt takes a shot. Alex manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line to the near post, Michael Essien manages to make a clearance.
Jerome Thomas leaves the field to be replaced by Giles Barnes.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Terry by Youssouf Mulumbu. Florent Malouda produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a comfortable save.
Foul by Alex on Ishmael Miller, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Scott Carson takes the indirect free kick.
Mikel concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Cox. Free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
Salomon Kalou is brought on as a substitute for Didier Drogba.
Didier Drogba gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 5-0 West Brom.
Roman Bednar leaves the field to be replaced by Ishmael Miller. Simon Cox is brought on as a substitute for Graham Dorrans.
Unfair challenge on Yossi Benayoun by Graham Dorrans results in a free kick. Yossi Benayoun takes the free kick.
Frank Lampard leaves the field to be replaced by Yossi Benayoun.
Jerome Thomas fouled by Branislav Ivanovic, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
A goal is scored by Frank Lampard from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 4-0 West Brom.Assist on the goal came from Ashley Cole.
The referee gives a free kick against Didier Drogba for handball. Direct free kick taken by Gabriel Tamas.
Effort from just outside the area by Michael Essien goes over the target. Paulo Ferreira leaves the field to be replaced by Branislav Ivanovic.
Marek Cech concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Michael Essien takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Nicolas Anelka. Youssouf Mulumbu restarts play with the free kick.
Paulo Ferreira is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, John Terry takes a shot. Youssouf Mulumbu makes a clearance. Didier Drogba gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 3-0 West Brom.
Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, John Terry takes a shot. Clearance by Youssouf Mulumbu. Didier Drogba gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 3-0 West Brom.
Florent Malouda takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Gabriel Tamas.
Michael Essien concedes a free kick for a foul on Marek Cech. Graham Dorrans has an effort direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Brunt by Michael Essien. Free kick taken by Gabriel Tamas.
Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Blocked by Roman Bednar.
Roman Bednar concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Mikel takes the direct free kick. Shot from outside the area by Florent Malouda misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Youssouf Mulumbu. Free kick scored by Didier Drogba from 35 yards. Chelsea 2-0 West Brom.The assist for the goal came from Michael Essien.
Chris Brunt takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry. Marek Cech takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Jerome Thomas fouled by Paulo Ferreira, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Gabriel Tamas results in a free kick. Frank Lampard shoots direct from the free kick, save by Scott Carson. Florent Malouda produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Florent Malouda. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
Florent Malouda takes a inswinging corner to the near post, James Morrison makes a clearance.
Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Blocked by Alex.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Florent Malouda. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
Frank Lampard has an effort at goal. Gabriel Tamas gets a block in.
Foul by Marek Cech on Nicolas Anelka, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mikel.
Didier Drogba challenges Ibanez Pablo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Carson.
The referee blows for offside against Roman Bednar. Alex takes the free kick.
Foul by Michael Essien on James Morrison, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Ibanez Pablo from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel by Youssouf Mulumbu. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.
Alex challenges Marek Cech unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Dorrans crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Foul by Ibanez Pablo on Alex, free kick awarded. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Graham Dorrans played to the near post, Frank Lampard makes a clearance.
Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Effort on goal by Frank Lampard from long range goes over the bar.
Ibanez Pablo challenges Florent Malouda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Didier Drogba produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Scott Carson makes a save. Mikel takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson. A goal is scored by Florent Malouda from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 West Brom.Assist by Mikel.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
James Morrison produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
The referee gets the game started.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
The game restarts for the second half.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Ancelotti excited by Ramires
Carlo Ancelotti hopes that Ramires will play an important part in his plan for Chelsea to dominate the English game for years to come.
The Blues could have their first big-money transfer in place by the time they begin their Barclays Premier League title defence against West Brom after Ancelotti revealed that a deal for the Brazil midfielder was close to completion.
Chelsea have been in negotiations with Portuguese side Benfica for more than two weeks over the transfer of the 23-year-old for a fee believed to be in the region of #17million.
Club representatives finally secured a work permit for the Brazil man despite the fact that he has not played the requisite 75% of matches for his country.
Ramires underwent a medical at Chelsea earlier this week and Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti now hopes the midfielder will put the finishing touches to his move soon.
"Ramires is doing medical tests again and we hope that he will sign a contract," said Ancelotti.
"I hope he will sign soon. He is a fantastic player. He will be the future of the Brazil national team and I hope he will be the future of Chelsea."
Petr Cech and Alex have both overcome calf injuries in time to be fit for the game.
Full-back Jose Bosingwa is out with a knee injury while the Blues will give a late fitness test to Frank Lampard, who picked up an ankle knock while on England duty in midweek.
Didier Drogba (groin), will also be fit to take on the Baggies after he had to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench in last week's Community Shield.
Meanwhile, Roberto Di Matteo has admitted he could not have been handed a more daunting introduction to Barclays Premier League management as he prepares to face the champions at Stamford Bridge.
As if that was not bad enough for Di Matteo, Albion's next three away games are at Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Despite that tough start, Di Matteo, twice an FA Cup winner with Chelsea, is upbeat in his ambition for Albion to get rid of their reputation as a yo-yo club after being promoted or relegated six times in the last nine seasons.
Although only in his third year as a manager, Di Matteo feels that Albion have the ability to avoid relegation and eventually establish themselves in the Premier League.
Di Matteo said: "I want to stay positive and believe we can stay up and remain up in the future. That is my personal aim, the players' aim and the club's aim.
"I am very pleased with the group of players I have. They have been fantastic to me. Last season they gave me everything with effort and commitment.
"But I do believe that we need to add a bit more competition, quality and experience to our team because we cannot dip into the loan market."
Midfielder Graham Dorrans is winning his fight to be fit.
Dorrans has been under treatment this week for a groin strain that forced him to withdraw from the Scotland squad for their friendly against Sweden.
But he has been able to return to training and Di Matteo is optimistic that he will be available.
Di Matteo, who is set to hand debuts to left-back Nicky Shorey and central defender Pablo Ibanez, has a decision to make over who will start in goal and who will lead the attack.
England international Scott Carson, who will again skipper team this season, faces a challenge from Welsh international Boaz Myhill following his arrival from Hull.
Carson is expected to get the nod to start with Ishmael Miller poised to lead the attack as a lone striker ahead of Roman Bednar.
Blues still have plenty of `six appeal`
Double winners Chelsea fired an early warning to their Barclays Premier League title rivals as Didier Drogba smashed a hat-trick in a 6-0 opening-day thrashing of new boys West Brom at Stamford Bridge.
Florent Malouda set the Blues on their way after only six minutes, with Drogba's free-kick extending the lead on the stroke of half-time.
It was more one-way traffic after the restart, as the Ivory Coast striker netted from close range with Frank Lampard making it 4-0 just after the hour.
Drogba's deflected effort and a last-minute strike from Malouda sealed an emphatic win for the champions, who put last week's 3-1 defeat by Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley firmly behind them.
Despite being outplayed, West Brom and their manager Roberto Di Matteo, the former Chelsea midfielder, deserve credit for continuing to display some good passing football, but which tellingly lacked a cutting edge in the final third.
Chelsea got off to a flying start when they took the lead after only six minutes.
Malouda was tripped by Pablo Ibanez on the edge of the West Brom box. Keeper Scott Carson spilled Drogba's free-kick straight to John Obi Mikel, whose follow-up effort was blocked. The ball then dropped straight to Malouda, who could not miss.
The champions were in full flow, with Ashley Cole whipping a low ball across the six-yard box after another surge down the left.
However, the conditions worsened, and fit again Chelsea keeper Petr Cech had to be at full stretch to touch away Graham Dorrans' deflected effort.
The visitors, who finished second behind Newcastle in the Championship last season, continued to try to take the game to Chelsea, putting together some promising passing moves.
Czech striker Roman Bednar smashed a fine finish into the roof of the Chelsea net on 18 minutes, but the offside flag had already gone up for what looked a marginal decision.
Cole then drew some predictable jeers from the travelling fans when he went to take a throw-in - but the boo-boys were soon drowned up by the home faithful showing the England defender their full support.
After a drop in tempo, Chelsea slowly started to find their rhythm again.
Gabriel Tamas fouled Drogba, giving Chelsea another chance to deliver a ball into the West Brom box.
Lampard struck his 20-yard shot well and Carson parried, but this time Malouda could not keep his follow-up on target as he sent a looping header over.
They made it 2-0 just before the break when Youssouf Mulumbu tripped Michael Essien and this time Drogba smashed his free-kick through the wall and into the bottom corner.
The conditions improved for the second half, allowing both teams to pass the ball quickly.
After 53 minutes, Scotland midfielder Dorrans chipped a free-kick over the wall, but the ball dropped onto the top of the net.
Chelsea then moved 3-0 ahead when Drogba bundled in his second.
John Terry flicked Malouda's inswinging corner goalwards and Mulumbu hacked it off the line, but the ball was not cleared and Drogba, who won the Golden Boot with 29 goals last season, was alert to smash it in from close range.
Lampard walked in a fourth after 63 minutes after a clever exchange between Nicolas Anelka and Cole down the left.
The England midfielder, who had been carrying a slight ankle problem, was then replaced by Yossi Benayoun, as the Israeli made is debut following a summer move from Liverpool - who were described as a "small club somewhere north of the M25" by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck in his programme notes, hitting back at comments by Joe Cole following his free transfer summer move to Anfield.
Drogba completed his hat-trick with a 20-yard effort which cannoned off Tamas and flew into the bottom corner past a wrong-footed Carson.
The Ivory Coast striker was then given a well-deserved break when he was replaced by countryman Salomon Kalou.
Malouda whipped a 20-yard free-kick over the wall and bar, while Alex flicked a rising shot from Chris Brunt over the bar to deny the visitors a late consolation.
And Malouda rounded off a fine performance from the hosts after converting Anelka`s pass to make it 6-0.
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