The Irons have done it again. For the second time this season, the East London side have come up on top against the Blues, resulting in a disappointing 3-2 loss for Frank Lamoard’s team at the London Stadium. We delve into the five talking points from our latest match, resulting in some disturbing home truths…
Antonio Rudiger – What’s Going On?
All eyes were on Antonio Rudiger Wednesday night – and for all the wrong reasons. The 27-year-old had a dreadful performance against the Hammers, with a set of his mistakes leading to goals by the opposition. The centre-back pointlessly gave away the corner for the first goal, even though there were better options available. He was then unable to clear the ball for the second goal, and was lucky not to give a penalty away in the latter stages. Overall, a shocking performance from the German international.
An Appalling Defensive Performance
However, he wasn’t the only defender who had a woeful performance on Wednesday, with both Marcos Alonso and Andreas Christensen also having poor games. The Spaniard was unable to run back and defend for the third goal, while Christensen was majorly at fault for the second. Even Azpilicueta, who has been promising since the restart, didn’t have a great game – and our problems surrounding set pieces continues.
Pulisic Continues His Excellent Form
The only positive aspect from this game was, of course, Christian Pulisic. The 21-year-old has been on superb form recently, making an impact in each game since project restart. Although he was unable to get on the scoresheet himself, he won both the penalty and free-kick that led to Chelsea’s only two goals in the game. He was the only player that posed a threat on Wednesday, proving that we still have plenty of work to do.
At the beginning of the match, it looked as though luck was on our side, with a West Ham goal being disallowed as Michail Antonio was deemed offside. Amongst the controversy, Chelsea were given the opportunity to make the most of this poor decision. For once, VAR decisions went our way – however, we were still unable to come out on top.
Top Four Hopes
With Leicester City dropping points against Everton, it was our chance to claim third place on Wednesday. A win against relegation battlers West Ham was all we needed – however, we were unable to make the most of this opportunity. With Manchester United and Wolves now just two points behind us, there’ll be no room for any more slip ups – and the race for top four is going to be much harder than we first anticipated.