Premier League
West Ham0Chelsea0

West Ham 0-0 Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri's side drop points in London derby

Eden Hazard in action against West Ham on Sunday
Eden Hazard returned to the starting line-up after being rested for Chelsea's Europa League victory in Greece on Thursday

Chelsea's 100% start to the Premier League season came to an end at West Ham because Eden Hazard was not allowed to influence the game, says Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri started his Stamford Bridge reign with five straight league wins but his team could not extend that record and had to settle for a goalless draw against battling opponents on Sunday.

Pellegrini - whose side had lost their previous two home league matches - was pleased with how West Ham "allowed Chelsea to have possession" on the right side of the pitch, denying the "dangerous" Marcos Alonso and Hazard much ball on the left.

"We played well tactically because we allowed them to have the ball where we wanted, and we defended well," said Pellegrini.

"They played most of the game on their right side, so they didn't create too many chances."

In the end, Chelsea were grateful for Andriy Yarmokenko's glaring second-half miss, when he headed wide with only keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to beat and the goal at his mercy, for not suffering their first defeat.

The visitors had chances of their own, with West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski saving well from substitutes Alvaro Morata and Ross Barkley - but in the end a draw was a fair result in a game that rarely sparked into life.

It is a result that drops Chelsea into third place behind Manchester City on goal difference and leaves Liverpool two points clear at the top of the table with a maximum return from their six games.

Chelsea missing the magic touch

Lukasz Fabianki denies Alvaro Morata from close range
Lukasz Fabianki denied Alvaro Morata from close range

Hazard has been in magnificent form for Chelsea this season, exemplified by the superb hat-trick that inspired victory after they fell behind to Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge.

On Sunday, the brilliant Belgian was kept in check by West Ham and consequently the Blues' threat was hugely reduced, with winger Pedro injured and striker Olivier Giroud on the periphery.

Chelsea's best chance fell to the feet of substitute Morata after he replaced Giroud in the 65th minute, but he was thwarted by the bravery of Fabianski.

It summed up the visitors' frustration as their 100% winning start came to an end in a performance that was flat and lacking in energy, perhaps understandable after Thursday's trip to Greece to face PAOK in the Europa League.

Ross Barkley almost snatched it late on with a long-range effort that brought another excellent save low to his left from Fabianski, but this was not a Chelsea display that deserved three points.

The Blues remain undefeated under Sarri in competitive action and, despite the dropped points here, this still represents a satisfactory start for the Italian.

West Ham rue Yarmolenko miss

Andriy Yarmolenko puts a close-range header wide
Andriy Yarmolenko had the best chance to score with just over 10 minutes remaining at London Stadium

Yarmolenko was voted man of the match by those who make the decision on behalf of West Ham - but in reality he was the villain of the piece despite another performance of promise.

The 28-year-old Ukrainian showed his class with two goals on his full debut in the 3-1 win at Everton, and almost delivered a trademark finish on Sunday when he cut inside and shot narrowly over with his left foot, his stock in trade.

Sadly for Yarmolenko and the Hammers, he missed his golden opportunity when it came at London Stadium - as substitute Robert Snodgrass landed a perfect cross on his head just six yards out at the far post in the second half.

However, with Chelsea keeper Kepa totally exposed, Yarmolenko somehow directed his header wide when it was easier to score.

It was West Ham's last chance of a performance not short on endeavour but missing inspiration in attack without the talent and unpredictability of Marko Arnautovic.

Declan Rice's display was once again a major plus, the 19-year-old showing composure in a defensive midfield role as he adds another string to his bow after showing his talent as a central defender.

West Ham's fans greeted the final whistle and a point at home warmly - but the dejected Yarmolenko and manager Pellegrini will know it could have been three.

Blues gear up for key week

Chelsea now face Liverpool twice in a week when we may get a more accurate measure of how far they have come under Sarri - and how far they still have to go after he succeeded Antonio Conte.

The Carabao Cup meeting at Anfield on Wednesday (19:45 BST kick-off) will merely be a warm-up - because both Sarri and his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp are sure to play shadow teams.

Stamford Bridge will host the acid test in the Premier League at 17:30 on Saturday, with the Reds flying high after winning their first six league games for the first time in 28 years and Chelsea attempting to claw back the ground they lost here at London Stadium.

It is hardly a defining few days for either team with the season in its infancy - but it is certainly the opportunity to strike a psychological blow.

Man of the match - Declan Rice (West Ham)

Declan Rice holds off Chelsea's Eden Hazard on Sunday
Declan Rice produced a mature performance and claimed four interceptions, more than any other West Ham player

'We needed to move the ball faster' - what they said

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It was a good point against the leaders and a team that scored 14 goals in the first five games.

"It was a close game, and we had two clear chances and they had one.

"We would prefer to have some more possession, but it was a good tactical game and at least we did not lose it."

Media playback is not supported on this device

Manuel Pellegrini rues Hammer's missed chances

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri: "We could have done better in the first half as we moved the ball slowly. In the second half, especially in the last 30 minutes, we played well - but we can do better.

"This was not our best performance. I knew West Ham are a very good team and they were confident after their win at Everton.

"We needed to move the ball faster - otherwise it is very difficult to create opportunities."

Media playback is not supported on this device

Chelsea must play better & improve quickly - Maurizio Sarri

Jorginho the pass master - the stats

  • West Ham have avoided defeat in three consecutive Premier League games against Chelsea for the first time since a run of five between March 1998 and March 2000.
  • Chelsea failed to score in the league for the first time under Maurizio Sarri and for only the second time in their past 15 Premier League games (also in their 0-3 defeat at Newcastle in May).
  • This was only Chelsea's second goalless draw in their past 48 away league games.
  • Chelsea midfielder Jorginho attempted 180 passes in this match, the most by a player in a Premier League match since 2003-04.
  • Jorginho has completed 628 passes for Chelsea in the league this season, more than any other player.
  • This was Chelsea's 600th top-flight London derby and they become the third side to reach this number after Arsenal (674) and Tottenham (609).

What's next?

Chelsea travel to Liverpool for a League Cup third-round tie at 19:45 BST on Wednesday, while West Ham host League Two Macclesfield at the same time.

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4Balbuena
  • 23Diop
  • 26Masuaku
  • 16NobleSubstituted forC Sánchezat 85'minutes
  • 41Rice
  • 14Obiang
  • 20Yarmolenko
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forPérezat 65'minutes
  • 8Felipe AndersonBooked at 52minsSubstituted forSnodgrassat 74'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Cresswell
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 13Adrián
  • 15C Sánchez
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 24Fredericks
  • 27Pérez

Chelsea

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 2RüdigerSubstituted forCahillat 69'minutes
  • 30David Luiz
  • 3Alonso
  • 7KantéBooked at 50mins
  • 5Jorginho
  • 17KovacicSubstituted forBarkleyat 79'minutes
  • 22Willian
  • 18GiroudSubstituted forMorataat 65'minutes
  • 10E Hazard

Substitutes

  • 4Fàbregas
  • 8Barkley
  • 13Caballero
  • 15Moses
  • 21Zappacosta
  • 24Cahill
  • 29Morata
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
56,875

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home6
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 0, Chelsea 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Chelsea 0.

Booking

Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United).

Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Jorginho with a through ball.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Offside, Chelsea. Eden Hazard tries a through ball, but N'Golo Kanté is caught offside.

Ross Barkley (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Pérez (West Ham United).

Offside, West Ham United. Lucas Pérez tries a through ball, but Pedro Obiang is caught offside.

Hand ball by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Carlos Sánchez replaces Mark Noble.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.

Attempt missed. N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Willian.

Offside, Chelsea. Jorginho tries a through ball, but Willian is caught offside.

N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Ross Barkley replaces Mateo Kovacic.

Attempt missed. Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

Attempt saved. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Robert Snodgrass replaces Felipe Anderson.

Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea).

Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by César Azpilicueta with a cross.

Jorginho (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Gary Cahill replaces Antonio Rüdiger because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Luiz.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Issa Diop.

David Luiz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Pérez (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Lucas Pérez replaces Michail Antonio.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Álvaro Morata replaces Olivier Giroud.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool66001421218
2Man City65101931616
3Chelsea65101441016
4Watford6411116513
5Tottenham6402127512
6Arsenal6402129312
7Man Utd631299010
8Bournemouth63121011-110
9Leicester6303111019
10Wolves62316609
11Crystal Palace621346-27
12Everton6132811-36
13Brighton6123811-35
14Southampton612369-35
15Fulham6123813-55
16Burnley6114710-34
17West Ham6114511-64
18Newcastle602448-42
19Cardiff6024314-112
20Huddersfield6024314-112
View full Premier League table

Top Stories