Eden Hazard, Chelsea's failure to fire vs. West Ham exposes weaknesses

English Premier League Report: West Ham United v Chelsea 23 September 2018

Chelsea drop first points of season in draw at West Ham

Andriy Yarmolenko scored twice for the Hammers in the win, and Marko Arnautavic added a goal to seal the game in the 61st minute.

The Blues have been used to seeing Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud squander chances this term, but Eden Hazard and Willian were uncharacteristically profligate against Manuel Pellegrini's side.

But Chelsea struggled to find a way past West Ham's stubborn defence and were forced to settle for a point following a goalless draw.

Sarri named a strong side for Chelsea's opening Europa League game on Thursday, a 1-0 away win over Greek side PAOK Salonika, with only Hazard, David Luiz, Mateo Kovacic and Emerson Palmieri left in England.

"In Italy if you are playing in the Champions League you can ask to play the match before on a Friday or Saturday", the former Napoli boss said.

Sarri has admitted the responsibility is on Chelsea and other Premier League clubs to clamour for the change. "But here I have to play again in 63 hours".

Old habits are hard to shake, and throughout Hazard's career at Chelsea he has been required to be a key creator as well as scorer.

"Maybe in two, three or four months it will be a problem".

"At the moment, I hope to qualify before the last match of this group, but maybe in the future the players need to rest five, six, seven at a time". Maybe I have to rest many players on Thursdays. They shouldn't overlook West Ham, however, as the Hammers will be looking to build on what was a very impressive performance last weekend.

What will be the likely lineups in West Ham vs Chelsea? This was a truer reflection of where they are as a team.

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