Ham­mers end Blues’ per­fect league start

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

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.”

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