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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink spoke after today’s 2-2 draw against West Ham: “We started well in the first 10 minutes but we then started losing the possession too easily. We reacted just before half-time, especially with the beautiful Cesc Fabregas free-kick. In the second half we got caught on the counter, but we reacted perfectly to get the draw.”

He added: “This is a very good West Ham side. They are knocking on the door for the top four. I was happy with the late penalty decision. It’s difficult for me to make a judgement – I think he was tripped on the line. On the line is part of the box.”

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Starting XI

Courtois 6 – Played well in goal and made some good saves. Couldn’t do much about the goals.

Ivanovic 7 – Got down the wing well in an attacking sense and put some quality balls into the box.

Cahill 6 – Held the line well. Made some good tackles.

Terry 6 – A good partnership with Cahill and seemed solid at the back despite the team conceding 2 goals.

Azpilicueta 7 – Got forward well and played well defensively.

Mikel 6 – Didn’t have much impact on the game.

Fabregas 8 – Scored 2 goals. A fantastic free-kick and a calmly struck penalty.

Willian 7 – Did well in the game but couldn’t influence with a goal or an assist.

Oscar 6 – Made some good attacking runs and found himself in some good positions.

Kenedy 5 – Struggled to get into the game. Replaced at half time after a blow to the face.

Remy 6 – slightly isolated upfront for some parts but did hold the ball up well when asked.


Pedro 6 – Good control on the ball but couldn’t influence the game much.

Traore 6 – Played well and made some good runs on the ball. Also saved a goal after a goal-line clearance late on.

Loftus-Cheek 7 – Won the penalty for the equaliser after a winding run into the box. Could have won the game with an opportunity late on.


Guus Hiddink 7 – Did well to change his tactics after West Ham seemed to control the game early on.


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A first half with two great goals. first from Lanzini to put West Ham 1-0 up  and then stoppage time of the first half saw Cesc Fabregas equalise with an emphatic strike from a free-kick which sailed into the top right corner.

A substitution from Chelsea at half-time sees Pedro replace Kenedy.

The first chance in the second half came from Oscar after a great ball across the goal from Ivanovic but Oscar couldn’t quite wrap his foot around the ball to divert it towards goals.

Chelsea looked threatening early in the second half, winning corner after corner, a goal in the coming it seemed.

West Ham hit Chelsea on the break and Cresswell found himself in the box, he hit a left footed shot which struck the underside of the crossbar and rolled calmly out for a Chelsea throw-in.

The hour mark and Remy found himself on the edge of the box, held off Reid but could only find Adrian with his shot. West Ham got the ball up the pitch quickly, Payet played in Andy Carroll and he found the net with a left-footed shot. Carroll only being on the pitch for a matter of seconds. An inspired substitution from West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.

2-1 West Ham.

A chance for Fabregas in the 72nd minute. A corner whipped in from Willian and an unsuspecting Fabregas headed the ball over the bar. He should have done better.

Fabregas with another chance just 2 minutes later. An acrobatic over-head kick from the middle of the box. The Spaniard unable to hit the target and the ball flew over the crossbar.

Chelsea pressing for the equalising goal, John Terry attacking the corner from Willian but he couldn’t keep the ball down and hit the target.

Chelsea looking likely to score but unable yet to produce the goods after 78 minutes of football.

West Ham tried to conserve their one goal advantage by staying deep and catching Chelsea on the counter attack. West Ham managed to win a corner and Andy Carroll forced a good save from Courtois.

After soaking up a lot of West Ham pressure, Chelsea find a counter attack in the 88th minute in which substitute Loftus-Cheek was brought down inside the box and won a penalty for Chelsea.

Fabregas stepped up to take the resulting penalty, a slight stutter in the run-up and he placed the ball in the bottom right hand corner, sending Adrian the wrong way. Calmly done by Fabregas.

Chelsea 2 – 2 West Ham.

An exciting and very heated few last minutes in stoppage time with Chelsea fighting for the winning goal and West Ham hanging on to the draw.

The final whistle goes after 97 minutes of play with the scores level at 2-2.


CHELSEA – Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Kenedy, Remy

Subs – Begovic, Rahman, Pato, Traore, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Matic

Manager – Guus Hiddink

WEST HAM – Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Valencia, Lanzini, Payet, Sakho

Subs – Randolph, Song, O’Brien, Oxford, Emenike, Carroll, Obiang

Manager – Slaven Bilic


Referee – Robert Madley

Venue – Stamford Bridge, London, UK.





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Chelsea play host to West Ham at Stamford Bridge in round 31 of the Premier League.

An even start to the game with an equal share of possession, West Ham playing high up the pitch with a very pressing style of play.

A fantastic bit of Chelsea play in the 8th minute that gave Remy a shooting opportunity but the angle was tight, Adrian saved with his feet and West Ham were able to clear.

Ivanovic received the first yellow card of the game in the 16th minute after a cynical trip brings down a forward running Payet.

A fantastic strike from Lanzini in the 17th minute, around 20-yards out, finds the top right corner giving Thibaut Courtois absolutely no chance of saving. 1-0 to West Ham. West ham found some good momentum after taking the lead, pegging Chelsea back into their own final third.

After half an hour, Chelsea managed to find their feet and gain some possession in threatening areas but West Ham held out well.

Ivanovic got forward well in the 38th minute, fired a cross into the box but the ball was blocked and went out for a corner. The resulting corner got headed out well but only as far as Kenedy, who got brought down on the edge of the West Ham box. kenedy took a knock to the face and had to leave the pitch to receive treatment. Willian hit the free-kick from around 30-yards out but the ball fizzed past Adrian’s right hand post and the keeper seemingly had it covered.

Stoppage time in the first half and Reid makes a mistake at the back for West Ham and conceded a free-kick in an attempt to recover.

Fabregas placed the ball down and struck a fantastic shot into the top right corner, well out-of-reach for Adrian. A great goal from the Spanish midfielder.

An exciting first half came to a close with the score 1-1 after Fabregas managed to convert a free-kick to cancel out Lanzini’s effort in the early stages.

The scores level at the break.

CHELSEA – Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Kenedy, Remy

Subs – Begovic, Rahman, Pato, Traore, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Matic

Manager – Guus Hiddink

WEST HAM – Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini, Valencia, Sakho, Payet

Subs – Randolph, Song, Carroll, Obiang, O’Brien, Emenike, Oxford

Manager – Slaven Bilic


Referee – Robert Madley

Venue – Stamford Bridge, London, UK.


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WEST HAM v CHELSEA Diego Costa Obi Mikel disappointed defeat

Chelsea are looking to bounce back from their FA Cup and European exits as they come up against West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (15:00 GMT KO). 

The Blues were beaten 2-0 by Everton in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, having been knocked out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage by Paris Saint Germain the previous week. However, they are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League games, with Guus Hiddink yet to be beaten in the league during his second spell at Chelsea.

Slaven Bilic’s West Ham side however have been the dark horses of the season. The Hammers currently sit in fifth, two points ahead of Manchester United, and just two off Manchester City, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.

In the reverse fixture, Nemanja Matic and Jose Mourinho were both shown red cards as the Blues faltered to a 2-1 loss at Upton Park in October last year. Mauro Zarate’s goal put the hosts in the lead, with Andy Carroll’s winner 11 minutes from time cancelling out Gary Cahill’s equaliser on the hour mark.

Last six games:

Chelsea: WWWDLL (includes one FA Cup game and one Champions League game).

West Ham: 


Team News:

– Diego Costa is suspended after picking up two yellow cards against Everton in the FA Cup last weekend.

– Eden Hazard could be out for a month with a hip problem.

– James Tomkins (calf) and James Collins (hamstring) are both out for the visitors.

– Victor Moses is ineligible against his parent club.

– Sam Byram is free to play after being cup-tied last week.



– West Ham have won just one of their last six meetings with Chelsea (D1, L4), but that win was earlier this season.

– Chelsea have won seven and drawn two of their last nine meetings against West Ham at home, losing none.

– The Blues have drawn five of their last six home games in the league, keeping a clean sheet in only one of those matches.

– West Ham have won their last three Premier League matches. The last time they won four in a row in the league was in February 2014.

– They have scored three goals in five of their away games this season.


Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Chelsea (home vs. Stoke City, drew 1-1): Courtois, Baba, Ivanovic, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Willian, Matic, Hazard, Oscar, Traore.

West Ham (away vs. Everton, won 2-3): Adrian, Kouyate, Oxford, Ogbonna, Antonio, Obiang, Noble, Cresswell, Lanzini, Emineke, Payet.

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The Colombian has been in intensive training over the last 10 days, trying to recover from a string of niggling injury after the 3-1 home defeat by Liverpool in October, and he could return to the Chelsea squad after the international break, as Guus Hiddink said today.

Anyway, Radamel Falcao will not be fit in time for the visit of West Ham this Saturday but Hiddink believes in him for the match against Aston Villa on the 2nd of April.

The Blues boss said: “He has recovered physically from the injury and now he has to regain his physical fitness. I will see after the break whether he is fully competitive. We have to wait how he reacts on the more intensive training he is now undergoing.”


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Ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Chelsea, Slaven Bilic is certainly aware that they are not going to throw the towel in on a season that has been difficult and full of debacles.

Bilic said:Chelsea are thinking there’s nine games to go and if they click they can finish very, very high also. In that sense it’s not a great time to play them because now they have only Premier League. I’m expecting them to be really hungry and totally focused on the Premier League. “

If West Ham are complacent tomorrow, it will be our undoing, so let`s not let it happen!”

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Reports today have surfaced of Chelsea’s interest in Leicester’s star midfielder N’Golo Kante. 

Kante, 24, was signed from Caen for just £5.6 million but it would take a very hefty fee to prize him away from the King Power Stadium after a brilliant season.

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink is reportedly very keen on the Frenchman who has just been called up to the national side for the very first time in his career.

When asked earlier this week about some of his star players potentially leaving the club, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said “I tell them, ‘Hey, why do you want to go there? To carry the suitcases? Stay with me. You will play.'”

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Chelsea are considering to end the loan of Alexandre Pato with the Brazilian not even playing a game for the Blues.

Pato completed a deal to take him to Stamford Bridge until the end of the season because Chelsea were short of fit strikers and struggling to field a team to compete with the heavy hitters of the Premier League.

Now, with the likes of Diego Costa back to fitness and scoring and Bertrand Traore making the squad for matches, there is seemingly no place for the Brazilian in the team. The termination of the loan deal will come as a big blow to parent club Corinthians as they were hoping for a permanent transfer at the end of the season.

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TalkSPORT say the Red Devils are now preparing to make a £24million offer for Alessandro Florenzi, but Chelsea are also believed to be very interested in Roma’s full-back. He can play also as winger, so he is a really useful player thanks to his adaptability in both attacking and defending.

Anyway, ASRoma wouldn’t easily allow him to leave the italian capital, then will be necessary a big deal.




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