Chelsea and West Ham drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The result means that the Blues are highly unlikely to qualify for the Champions League next season, and the Hammers have a great chance of surviving.
Here are a few things we can take away from the encounter:
1. Chelsea’s Ruthless Streak Is Still Missing
Chelsea had 23 shots against West Ham but could only find the back of the net once, suggesting that their potency infront of goal still isn’t quite there.
Alvaro Morata wasn’t too bad on the day but one has to wonder if Chelsea would have dropped points had they been lining up with Diego Costa up top instead.
2. Chelsea and England Need a Gary Cahill Replacement
It was Gary Cahill who was at fault for the West Ham equaliser and that probably doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to the Chelsea faithful.
Cahill is simply not decisive enough and is prone to making errors, and Chelsea should really be looking at replacing him for next season. And England manager Gareth Southgate should certainly look at other options to start at the World Cup this summer.
3. Marko Arnautovic Is the Main Man for West Ham
West Ham look likely to survive relegation this season and Marko Arnautovic will be a huge reason why.
The maverick Austrian has really kicked on after a difficult first few months and appears to relish playing up top on his own as the main man.
He did cut a frustrated figure at times during Sunday’s game, but he’s a quality player and is definitely confident in his own ability.
4. West Ham’s Defensive Solidity Should See Them Survive
West Ham demonstrated that they actually can defend compactly and effectively. In the first half especially, the Irons frustrated the hosts with their shape, and youngster Declan Rice really plays beyond his years.
The key thing going forward will be for them to remain switched on at all times – the Chelsea goal came about as a result of a lapse in concentration, and those lapses need cutting out because it undoes all the hard work.