DID THE EUROPA LEAGUE AFFECT CHELSEA’S PERFORMANCE AGAINST WEST HAM?

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Chelsea could only draw at West Ham today after having less than 48 hours to prepare for the game following Chelsea’s late arrival from Greece. The Blues arrived London on Friday afternoon due to bad weather following Thursday’s 1-0 win at PAOK.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri doesn’t think our exploits in the Europa League in midweek is to blame for Chelsea’s goalless draw at West Ham on Sunday.

Asked if the Europa League had an effect on Chelsea’s performance at West Ham, Sarri said: “I don’t know. I don’t think so.

“In this period of the season, I don’t think so. After seven matches only. It’s very difficult to play in the Europa League, but more difficult in March and April, not now.

“I said only that I don’t know why, in England it is not possible after an away match in the Europa League to play in the Premier League on the Monday night. In Italy, it’s normal. Here I have to play 64 hours after a Europa League match. In this period, it’s not a big problem. In April, maybe.”

Sarri missed the opportunity to become only the third manager to win their first six Premier League games following Chelsea’s goalless draw at West Ham. Do you think our Europa League exploits is to be blamed for our performance against West Ham?

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