Sarri: I don’t know why West Ham lost four matches

Declan Rice of West Ham during the Pre Season Friendly match between Ipswich Town and West Ham United at Portman Road

"We have started to work all together 35, 40 days ago".

Hazard told Sarri after returning from the September global break with Belgium and his hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Cardiff that he was exhausted.

'Maybe we should have gone a bit more down the wings and put in more crosses into the box.

"We need to move the ball quicker, " Sarri said, "and we need more movement without the ball". Few would argue that he is the best in the Premier League at what he does.

But Sarri refused to blame the draw on Chelsea's Europa League outing.

Asked in his post-match press conference whether beating Liverpool next weekend was a must if Chelsea are to maintain their momentum in the league, Sarri said: "No". That said, should the Italian ignore what appears to be blindingly obvious and waste the true talent of a player of Kante's calibre and results take a turn for the worse he will have only himself to blame for the criticism.

Manuel Pellegrini was left frustrated with the poor finishing that prevented West Ham from reaping the full rewards of his plan to overcome Chelsea. I know that in the future, probably, I will have to face some difficulties. "I knew that West Ham is a very good team".

"Maybe we could have done better in the last 25 minutes of the first half. So it's OK, one point, for today". Eden Hazard has let the way, notching five goals through five games. But today it was very hard to play inside.

Souness reckons Chelsea could challenge for the title if they had a goalscoring centre-forward, with strikers Alvaro Morata and Olviier Giroud only netting once between them this season.

To whet the appetite ahead of the two clashes, we've taken a look back at the last ten meetings between the two rivals and created this quiz.

Up next for the Blues is a double-header against Premier League leaders Liverpool, first in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday before a league fixture next Saturday.

The home side could have punished them but Michail Antonio, who was deputising for the injured Marko Arnautovic, missed two first-half chances and Andriy Yarmolenko headed wastefully wide.

"When you have such clear chances against a big team, you must score at least one of them". I want to see the picture tomorrow during our training session.

Noble pleads innocence however, simply saying "it wasn't me" - although his cheeky grin maybe indicates he had something to do with it.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.



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