Nervous Chelsea claim victory over West Ham – RT Sport News


Thomas Tuchel’s side left late to score three against London rivals West Ham

Late strikes from substitutes Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz secured three points for big-spending Chelsea in their London Premier League derby with West Ham on Saturday afternoon, but Thomas Tuchel’s side certainly didn’t did it all in its own way in a thrilling second half at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea came into the game on the back of a transfer window which saw them break the Premier League record for the most money spent in a single summer in the history of the English top flight as the new owner Todd Boehly is looking to make a statement in the post’s early days. – The Abramovich era in West London.

Among the galaxy of new signings made by the club, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Kouliblay, Marc Cucurella and Wesley Fofana have been named in the starting line-up – but even with a collective price somewhere north of £215m (264m bucks), Chelsea couldn’t get into third gear in a lukewarm first half in which they enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but failed to carve out a single shot on target.

West Ham proved to be a frustrating foe for Chelsea as they pressed in the second half and broke through in the 62nd minute as Michail Antonio headed home from close range after Edouard Mendy slapped in a corner.

It was the latest confusion from a Chelsea backline corner this season in what is becoming a worrying trend for Tuchel and his free-kick guru Anthony Barry, and appeared to send the Blues to their third loss in four games.

Tuchel fought back, sending both Chilwell and Havertz into the game shortly after Antonio’s goal – and Chilwell almost immediately rewarded the German coach when he leveled the scores with a neat goal from a tight angle on left.

Less than ten minutes later, Chilwell turned creative as he crossed for Havertz to explode the ball from close range to make it 2-1 in the 88th minute.

The drama was far from over. Just two minutes later, new West Ham signing Maxwell Cornet appeared to have equalized only for the referee to rule out the goal after viewing VAR footage, determining there had been a foul on the Chelsea keeper Mendy in the buildup, much to the obvious chagrin of Hammers. boss David Moyes who furiously protested to the officials at the final whistle.

It’s super hard to score against West Ham, they defend deep and with bodies – the game got more complicated with the goal we gave“, said Tuchel afterwards.

It was a huge effort to come back and a huge credit to the team, the impact from the bench – full credit to everyone.

It was a clear foul on the goalkeeper, I had my doubts about the first one – but I won’t comment, the last time I was punished with huge fines. You give your opinion, you will not be verbalized.

It wasn’t easy to keep the conviction, it’s hard to attack fluidly and create chances against West Ham, nobody plays an open and spectacular game against them.

We are now going step by step, we will try to use this momentum – things are clear now, we can demand full commitment for everything. We’re creating this and it’s not over.”

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