SARRI EXPLAINS WHY IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR HAZARD AGAINST WEST HAM

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Despite having 72% possession of the ball, 87% pass accuracy, 16 shots and dominating the game against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon, it was difficult for the Blues to get the ball past Lukasz Fabianski.

The game ended in a goalless draw, and it’s fair to say that it was a fair result for the Hammers. Manuel Pellegrini’s men came with the intent to frustrate Chelsea with a deep and closely marked defensive line and try to hit on the breaks, and their plan worked pretty well. Chelsea were even lucky when Andriy Yarmolenko stunned everyone by putting a free header wide from point-blank range – that could have changed the context of the game.

Eden Hazard was particularly marked by West Ham defenders and was barely given breathing space. The Belgian who has been in outstanding form this season couldn’t find a way past West Ham strong defensive line, and had a really difficult afternoon.

In his post match press conference, Sarri was asked if Hazard was attacking enough in the game against West Ham, Sarri said: “Not in the first half. Better in the second half. It was very difficult to play inside.

“They were cutting off very well every kind of pass for Giroud. We needed two wingers, I think.

“Hazard did very well in the last 25 minutes, more on the right than the left, but it was really very difficult today for the striker and it was very difficult for the two wingers.”

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