Chelsea drop first points of season in draw at West Ham

Lynette Rowe
September 23, 2018

Hazard told Sarri after returning from the September global break with Belgium and his hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Cardiff that he was exhausted.

The Italian manager whose side are unbeaten in the Premier League, rested Eden Hazard and David Luiz for Thursday night's opening Europa League win at PAOK in Greece.

Old habits are hard to shake, and throughout Hazard's career at Chelsea he has been required to be a key creator as well as scorer. They'll be hoping to increase their impressive early season tally against their London rivals.

The derby against West Ham follows on from Chelsea's first European assignment of the campaign at PAOK. If there is a silver lining to be seen, it's that the win came last week, meaning that they may be in the middle of a reversal of fortune. After a treacherous start to the season, they were able to defeat Everton 3-1 away from home last weekend.

The Austrian also scored the victor when Chelsea made the trip from west to east London last season.

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Chelsea will once again be the favorites this week, based both on recent form and on the talent included within the squad. "I think the position in the table of West Ham is not reality".

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Maurizio Sarri will have been frustrated after watching his side rack up 71 per cent possession - which included Jorginho setting a new record for attempted passes in a game - without any end product.

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