T’was the season to be jolly for Antonio Conte as Chelsea notched up yet another win – their 12th in a row. See which Blues players made our EPL Boxing Day team of the day.
Ben Foster (West Brom)
The Baggies keeper was ready to play the Grinch and steal a deserved Christmas win from Arsene Wenger and company until Olivier Giroud popped up four minutes from time with a late winner. In inspired form, Foster pulled off 10 saves as he almost single-handedly kept the Arsenal attack at bay. A double save from Alex Iwobi and Alexis Sanchez the pick of the bunch.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) December 26, 2016
Ben Chilwell (Leicester)
He may have ended up on the losing side, but the young left-back put in a composed performance on his Premier League debut as he filled in for the suspended Christian Fuchs. An error free debut for Chilwell, who looked a danger going forward. No wonder LIverpool were sniffing around him in the summer.
Winston Reid (West Ham)
The standout performer for the Hammers at the back, the big Kiwi handled everything an admittedly poor Swans attack could throw at him before venturing forward to nod in the crucial second goal from a Dimitri Payet corner just after half-time. Reid’s command of the back line has been key in the Hammers’ improved form as they start to climb the table.
Ben Mee (Burnley)
The former Manchester City youth player was a rock at the back for Burnley and denied the Boro frontline any opportunities with well-timed tackles and some strong defending. Was the standout player for the Clarets as they held on for a vital win.
Mason Holgate (Everton)
The young defender put in an assured performance as the Toffees withstood some Leicester pressure in the second half. Made an important interception and was generally comfortable on the ball. The 20-year-old is definitely one for the future.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) December 26, 2016
The spat with coach Pep Guardiola now firmly behind him, Toure was a giant in the middle of the field for the Citizens. Made more than 100 passes and won back possession more than anyone else for the visitors. Cooly converted the penalty to give City the lead and maintain his perfect record for the Blues from the the spot.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
The best player on the pitch by far, Pogba provided the assist for Ibrahimovic’s goal and also hit the post in a dominant display. Always looking to get United on the front foot, the Frenchman picked out several delightful passes and fired in eight shots during the game.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Another attacking masterclass from the Belgian, who ran at the Bournemouth defence whenever he got the ball. An outrageous rabona shot (that wouldn’t have counted anyway) aside, Hazard was full of energy and skill, winning a penalty that he duly converted for his ninth goal of the season and his 50th for Chelsea.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 26, 2016
Played a part in all three of United’s goals, including a sublime pass for Danny Blind’s opener before applying the finish to Pogba’s pass for the second. He then provided the cross for Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s spectacular late scorpion kick to cap a great day for the Red Devils and his stats column.
Andy Carroll (West Ham)
Andy Carroll did exactly what a big target man should do. He won his headers, held up the ball well and brought his teammates into play with some intelligent touches. He also caused havoc in the Swansea defence and popped up late on to volley home the fourth goal.
— Pedro Rodríguez (@_Pedro17_) December 26, 2016
The former Barcelona wingman was in inspired form all afternoon on his return to the side, picking out the far corner after receiving a pass from Cesc Fabregas to give the Blues the lead, before wrapping up the scoring with a mazy run and finish that deflected off a Bournemouth defender. More displays like this and he could find himself back in the starting line up.