Spending close to £1bn in the space of a year has not stopped Chelsea from making the same old mistakes. They were dominant for long stretches at the London Stadium, their football easy on the eye, but the defence remained frail, the missed chances piled up and a team packed with promising youngsters fell to a first defeat under Mauricio Pochettino after a ruthless and resilient West Ham once again proved that life under David Moyes is by no means dull.
Against the odds, a feisty contest ended with Lucas Paquetá shielding the ball deep on the left and tormenting Chelsea with his flicks and tricks. West Ham’s No 10 enjoyed himself, quashing fears that he would not be in a mental state to play after the revelation that he is being investigated by the Football Association for potential betting breaches, and showed why he was a target for Manchester City. Moisés Caicedo could not get close to Paquetá.
Written by Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/aug/20/west-ham-chelsea-premier-league-match-report under the title “Antonio and Paquetá down Chelsea to give 10-man West Ham victory”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.