Chelsea’s perfect start to the season was put to a halt on Sunday as the Blues were held to a goalless draw by West Ham at the London Stadium.
Prior to the weekend’s clash, Chelsea were top of table with a superior goal difference to Liverpool. But Sunday’s draw dropped Chelsea to third spot, same level on points with Manchester City, but with a lower goal difference.
Chelsea were expected to beat the Hammers, but the game was difficult for Maurizio Sarri’s men, with West Ham having a very tight defence that wasn’t penetrated despite Chelsea’s pressure.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri hinted after the game that his side cannot win every match, as he admitted that Chelsea only did well in the last 25 minutes of the game.
“It’s impossible to win every match,” he said. “One point is okay for today.
“I knew West Ham are a very good team. I didn’t know why they had lost the first four matches in the Premier League, and maybe now they had confidence after they won at Everton.
“In my statistics, we had seven opportunities against three. Maybe we could have done better in the last 25 minutes of the first half. We played well in the second half generally, but only very well in the last 25 minutes.”
Chelsea will have the chance to catch up with Liverpool this weekend as the Blues host Jurgen Klopp’s side, and nothing short of a win will represent a good result for Chelsea.
Speaking ahead of that fixture, Sarri admitted that it will be a difficult game and that the Reds are already a balanced team.
“Must win, in football, doesn’t exist,” Sarri said about Chelsea’s Premier League game against Liverpool next weekend.
“We have to play against a very, very good team. Against a team who have worked with the same coach for three or four years – I don’t remember exactly.
“They are a step forward of us at this moment. We have started to work all together 35/40 days ago and, 40 days ago less 10 for the international break, international teams, so for us it’s a bit early.
“We have to work then, we need to improve and then maybe, in one year we will be at the same level as Liverpool.”