Hammers end Blues’ perfect league start
MAURIZIO SARRI said he had to be satisfied with a point after seeing his 100 per cent record as Chelsea manager ended at West Ham.
The Blues stumbled slightly for the first time this season as West Ham secured a first home point and a first clean sheet in a goalless derby.
It could have been worse for Chelsea had Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko converted extremely presentable chances for the Hammers.
Sarri said: “I knew West Ham were a very good team and I don’t know why they lost their first four matches.
“They are really a very good team and they are now playing with confidence after they won at Everton last week.
“I think we have played well in the second half, but it’s impossible to win every match and a point is okay.”
Despite their impressive start to the campaign – they are third just two points behind leaders Liverpool – Sarri maintains his side are a work in progress.
They certainly struggled to break down a West Ham side barely recognisable from the shambles of their first four matches, now playing with more than a hint of shape and organisation as well as with plenty of attacking intent.
Not even Eden Hazard, back in the side after being rested in Europe in midweek, could find a way to break the deadlock.
“We need to move the ball quicker and we need more movement without the ball,” added Sarri.
Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini said of his side’s display: “It’s a first clean sheet, against a team who have scored 14 goals, so in that respect I’m happy.
“But when you have chances against big teams you must score them. The draw is not a bad point, but if we took those chances we could have got three.”