West Ham ends Chelsea's flawless start

Arnold Nichols
September 24, 2018

Chelsea were too slow in their movement and passing in the 0-0 draw with West Ham, according to David Luiz, who defended Maurizio Sarri's approach at London Stadium. Less if you include the global breaks.

"The coach will obviously make some changes for the League Cup tie, but we have many players with quality and we have a good team".

Sarri was aiming to become only the third manager ever to win his first six Premier League games in charge, but the Hammers frustrated the visitors and dug deep to hold on to a commendable point.

Sarri had expressed his disapproval about having to return to Premier League action on Sunday in light of Chelsea's continental commitments; in Italy, teams participating in the Europa League have their following domestic fixtures moved to Monday evening.

West Ham has struggled out of the gate, winning just one of five matches.

Sarri also refused to use Europa League fatigue as an excuse after Chelsea's flawless start to the season ended. He remains without a Premier League goal since the start of May.

Chelsea's inability to break down West Ham United on Sunday was overshadowed by a stunning stat about their midfielder Jorginho. "He obviously was happy for me that I got what I wanted".


Although the Frenchman has not been prolific in front of goal, he enjoys a strong relationship with star man Eden Hazard and Maurizio Sarri seems to have settled on Giroud as his first-choice striker.

The inherent danger in Chelsea's expansive passing game was laid bare whenever they lost the ball against West Ham, with routine interceptions often ending in Felipe Anderson and Yarmolenko running directly at the centre-backs. Better in the second half.

"Now you see that we've started to gel, you see the philosophy of the game that we're trying to play and we're putting it on the pitch".

As well as a league meeting with Liverpool next weekend, the Blues will face the Anfield club away from home in the League Cup.

"So, in this moment of the season, Pedro is a very important player".

West Ham have improved in recent weeks, after picking up four points from their last two games.

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