• Pierce O'Malley

Chelsea disappoints in 3-2 loss to West Ham

After a great run of form by Frank Lampard's men since football returned, Chelsea has finally been handed their first loss. Chelsea faced West Ham United at the London Stadium in the hopes to grab an important three points as Leicester dropped points to Everton at Goodison Park earlier that day. The Blues would have been able to overtake the Foxes for third place and secure their chances of Champions League football for next season. However, that ideal situation did not happen as the Blues failed to come away with a point against David Moyes's side.

Chelsea started the match off in the same fashion they did against Leicester in the FA Cup quarterfinals a few days earlier by not injecting energy right as the match began. The Blues looked sluggish and lethargic as if they were playing against prime Barcelona. Chelsea was lucky after West Ham scored off of a corner that was poorly defended by the Blues yet again. Frank Lampard's men were extremely lucky to have VAR on their side as the goal was overturned and as the game resumed to 0-0.

Chelsea scored in the forty-second minute as Christian Pulisic was tackled in the box leading to a penalty that Willian put away comfortably. As halftime loomed the Blues looked a little more promising than they did at the start of the match. However, West Ham was able to convert during injury time with Tomas Soucek scoring making it 1-1 as the first half ended.

The Blues started the second half just as they did the first not looking like they were up for the job to take over Leicester City and secure third place. This was confirmed when Michail Antonio scored West Ham's second goal of the match in the fifty-first minute. With Chelsea now trailing West Ham the time called for Frank Lampard to make some serious changes to hopefully get back into the game and gather a point.

Chelsea tied the game up in the seventy-second minute as Willian scored an inch-perfect freekick making it 2-2 and Chelsea looking towards changing the tide of this London derby. Even with Willian scoring two, the Blues did not seem motivated enough to win the match and lost serious focus of what there was to gain if they won.

Terrible defending was a common theme throughout the match as Rudiger and Christensen performed as horribly as one could think. The center-back pairing was awful in all areas of the pitch from defending set-pieces to one-on-one which ultimately lead to West Ham winning the game week thirty-two fixture. West Ham's game-winning goal came in the eighty-ninth minute as Andriy Yarmolenko easily cut in on Rudiger and cooly finished off the game for the hammers.

Player Ratings:

Kepa: 5.5

Marcos Alonso: 7.4

Antonio Rudiger: 5.7

Andreas Christensen: 5.7

Cesar Azpilicueta: 6.9

N'Golo Kante: 7.6

Ross Barkley: 6.6

Mateo Kovacic: 7.3

Christian Pulisic: 7.2

Tammy Abraham: 6.3

Willian: 8.6


Mason Mount [53']: 6.9

Ruben Loftus-Cheek [63']: 6.5

Olivier Giroud [63']: 6.8

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