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The Blues’ winning streak comes to an end following a goalless draw in the London derby between West Ham United and Chelsea at Olympic Stadium. Chelsea saw plenty of the ball possession in the first half, when keeper Kepa was crucial as he saved a powerful effort delivered from Antonio. Hazard, Rudiger and Giroud had three chances, with Fabianski ready to collect with no concern.

Alvaro Morata and the Belgian star went close to opening the score in the second period, before West Ham winger Yarmolenko missed a certain goal as his header from a seven-yards out went wide. Also Hammers’ goalkeeper Fabianski produced more than a great save to deny Chelsea’s advantage. The Poland international spreads himself when Ross Barkley – who came off the bench in the second half to replace Mateo Kovacic – whipped the ball into the bottom corner.

Chelsea fail to get a win for the first time in their first six Premier League games of the 2018/19 campaign. Liverpool are now top of the table with 18 points, just 2 ahead of the Blues and Man City.

 

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WEST HAM – Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Obiang, Rice, Noble, Anderson, Yarmolenko, Antonio.

Subs: Adrian, Cresswell, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Sanchez, Snodgrass, Lucas.

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

CHELSEA – Kepa, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Giroud.

Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Moses,Fabregas, Barkley, Morata.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Kick-Off: 1.30PM

Venue: Olympic Stadium

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is concerned for a disruption that ruined his plans ahead of West Ham clash: after the win in Greece against PAOK in Europa League, the Blues saw their flight home cancelled due to bad weather.

As a result, they have had to wait until today to return to London, with the squad and the staff now scheduled to be back this afternoon, so they stayed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Thessaloniki for an extra night.

The Italian manager was already said to be concerned about the lack of time between the Europa League and the Premier League matches.

The kick-off times between PAOK and West Ham are little more than 60 hours apart and there is not much time to rest and prepare the derby against Hammers.

The Daily Mail reports Sarri is frustrated by the disruption as he wanted his squad home as soon as possible to prepare for West Ham.

Manuel Pellegrini’s lads have had a full week to work on their plans for Chelsea.

Off the back of their first win, a 3-1 triumph at Everton on Sunday, the Hammers head into the London derby in buoyant mood.

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has laughed off rumours of a rift with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after appearing to snub him in the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s Premier League derby.

The Spaniard headed straight down the dressing room tunnel following the Gunners’ 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge, having seen his side concede a late goal.

Emery has revealed that he instead waited for Sarri in the dressing-room area, though, as the Italian coach was busy celebrating with supporters behind his dugout.

Asked about the lack of a handshake at full time, Emery told reporters:

“I waited for him in the dressing room to give him my hand.”

Emery is without a point from his first two Premier League matches, having a 2-0 to Manchester City last weekend.

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CHELSEA – Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Pedro, Morata

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Moses, Hazard, Kovacic, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

 

ARSENAL – Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang.

Subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Torreira, Ramsey, Welbeck, Lacazette.

Manager: Unai Emery

 

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Speaking after the draw with West Ham Antonio Conte admitted his team have to work hard to solve this season issues that brought them to the current 5th place in the table, 10 points below the fourth spot and the Champions League qualification:

“How do I see this result? It is very difficult to explain it at all.

We dominated the game and created many, many chances to score but we didn’t and that explains our season.

“We have had good performances all season but you have to score.

“This is not the first time and we have to improve a lot. When you stay in this position in the table it means that you have a problem.

“At the end we are talking about a draw and not a win and it means that it is incredible.

“We must be frustrated, this is not the first time. We are in this position because we have wasted good chances to get three points.

“This is the truth. We have to improve, we must win this game. Instead we are talking about a draw.

“You need the desire to score a second goal, a third, a fourth.

“Top four? Top four? [laughs] I don’t know, I don’t know. We will try to do our best. We change, I don’t know what.”

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Chelsea slip 10 points down from Champions League spot after drawing 1-1 with West Ham at home.

The Blues took the lead at 36′ with Azpilicueta and seemed in control of the game but weren’t able to add more goals to the score.

Eventually, Chicharito Hernandez equalised at 73′, giving the Hammers also the chance to get the three points some minutes later.

With this disappointing result the qualification to the next Champions League and the confirmation of Blues boss Antonio Conte are further from Stamford Bridge.

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Speaking to BBC Sport Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne described his relationship with José Mourinho when they both were at Chelsea in the end of 2013 as “distant”.

De Bruyne made just nine appearances during a two-year stint on the books at Chelsea before being sold to Wolfsburg in the January of 2014.

“I would say distant,” he told to BBC Sport’The Premier League Show about his relation with the Special One.

“I’m not really somebody who speaks a lot with coaches. I think if the coach wants to speak with you then you just do it.

“He’s the boss. You can be good with each other but still there’s a distance between a coach and a player.

“I only spoke with him twice. That was [firstly] when I wanted to leave for Borussia Dortmund at the beginning of the summer.”

De Bruyne and Mourinho will face again in the Manchester derby next weekend, with the Pep Guardiola‘s side that could secure the Premier League title with a win over the Red Devils.

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Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso claims tomorrow’s derby against Spurs is a must-win game:

“It’s not over until it is mathematically impossible, but it would be very difficult for sure if we lost,” Alonso told British media speaking about getting a spot in the Premier League top four.

“It is definitely a must-win game. Here at Chelsea, we have to fight until the end for every target we can achieve, and next year we have to be in the Champions League. On Sunday, we have to get a win,” the Spain international added.

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