Timo Werner’s first-half goal was all Chelsea needed to claim the three points against West Ham on Saturday evening.
West Ham gave it a good go in the second half, but the red card killed any momentum they had heading into the final 10 minutes or so.
Werner went close for Chelsea, sending a rebound agonisingly wide of the post.
And right at the death, Abraham headed what looked like a certain goal over the crossbar after some excellent work by Mount.
The Sun rate the Blues stars in the match:
EDOUARD MENDY – 6/10
Chelsea’s towering presence at the back didn’t actually have much to do in a tight game.
Tidy on the ball when needed to play sweeper-keeper and generally radiated calm between the sticks.
ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN – 6
Brought in to provide more defensive height against West Ham’s set-pieces and had a solid game.
Jesse Lingard’s speed caught him out on occasion but the Dane still put in a decent showing in a wider role.
THIAGO SILVA – 7
Talk of a new contract continues and the Brazilian did his chances little harm in east London.
Looked in control at the heart of Chelsea’s back three with another no-fuss effort.
ANTONIO RUDIGER – 7
The German has been an imposing force under Tuchel and continued to boss his area of the field.
Some bursting runs helped open space up the pitch and he never looked like being caught on the backfoot either.
CESAR AZPILICUETA – 6
Raised eyebrows after being moved further foward to wing-back ahead of Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
But Chelsea’s captain loves attacking and regularly made himself available for passing moves – even if his crossing was a bit wayward.
N’GOLO KANTE – 6
Carried the ball well but passing needed to be sharper as he lacked his typical intensity.
Wasn’t helped by a lacklustre midfield partner and did try to help support attacking moves while also covering his defenders.
JORGINHO – 5
Lacked the pace needed to help beat West Ham’s press in a fatigued performance with Mateo Kovacic still out injured.
The Italy international looking tired and unwilling to make final-third passes, and Tuchel may want to think about bringing in a new holder this summer – especially considering his lack of faith in Billy Gilmour.
BEN CHILWELL – 6
Caught out early on dallying with the ball inthe centre of the pitch before being saved by the offside flag.
Found it hard to find space down the left but only needed to get one good cross away, resulting in Werner’s first-half opener.
Was lucky to avoid a serious injury after a horrible foul from Fabian Balbuena, with the Paraguayan shown a straight red.
MASON MOUNT – 8
First name on the team sheet and showed his quality yet again after returning to the front three.
Was here, there and everywhere as he started numerous attacking passages of play, bamboozling West Ham’s midfield and defence.
TIMO WERNER – 7
Pre-match talk had been about Chelsea’s poor conversion rate and the German looked intent on changing the stats.
Ran his socks off as usual and finally hit the target to break the deadlock with a well-deserved effort before the break.
But missed an absolute sitter in the second half, leaving Tuchel baffled on the touchline.
CHRISTIAN PULISIC – 6
Captain America cut a frustrated figure as he struggled to break through West Ham’s stubborn backline.
Full of bright ideas but eventually ran out of steam after being constantly crowded out by Vladimir Coufal and Co.
SUBS- HAKIM ZIYECH (for Pulisic, 74) – 6
Not an awful lot of time to make an impression but pressed hard for 15 minutes to unsettle West Ham’s passing from the back.
REECE JAMES (for Azpilicueta, 86) – N/A
TAMMY ABRAHAM (for Werner, 87) – N/A
Carlton Cole knows what it’s like to swap Chelsea for West Ham and the ex-striker has urged Tammy Abraham to follow in his footsteps this summer.
Abraham’s future at Stamford Bridge is in major doubt under Blues boss Thomas Tuchel.
Despite being the club’s top goalscorer this season with 12 goals, Abraham has not been playing for the west London outfit regularly.
As a result of this, the 23-year-old has been linked away this summer and Cole believes a switch to east London would be ‘perfect’ for him.
“If he was to come to West Ham, I’d welcome him with open arms,” Cole told Bookmakers.co.uk.
“He would be the perfect person to lead that front line.
“We’ve got Michail Antonio there, who is a top player, but Tammy could come in and challenge for that place and that’s what West Ham need, there’s no one to challenge Antonio. Tammy would be perfect.
“I’ve always liked a technical big striker and he could be the ideal fit for West Ham because they can play a bit of football this team, and he’d fit straight in, especially if we can keep [Jesse] Lingard.”
Abraham has found himself behind Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud and Kai Havertz in Tuchel’s striker hierarchy and Cole – who swapped Chelsea for West Ham in 2006, aged 22 – believes Abraham is now at a crossroads in his career.
“With Tammy, I think he’s one of those players who needs an arm around him,” he continued.