EPL: 10-Man West Ham Finished Chelsea

West Ham United finished Chelsea in a London derby victory that ended in a 3 – 1. The defeat meant that Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino suffered his first defeat in his second game of the season.

Enzo Fernandez penalty miss and Michail Antonio’s superb strike effectively sealed the victory for West Ham and Chelsea’s defeat despite dominating possession and looking the more likely side to win the match. In the end, only goals count in this game!

Chelsea, last weekend opened their premier league account in a 1-1 draw against Liverpool. A game, many believed Chelsea should have taken all 3 Points but Pochettino’s side wasted their beautiful performance and paid the price for sloppy defending and woeful finishing at Stamford bridge.

Antonio gave the home side, West Ham’s decisive second goal after half-time and Lucas Paqueta then scored a well taken penalty late in the game to leave Pochettino still searching for his first Premier League win since taking charge of the blues.

Nayef Aguerd gave West Ham the lead in the opening 7mins of the match but Chelsea teenager, Carney Chukwuemeka scored an eye-catching equalizer to restore parity. And Chelsea’s hope to take the lead just before break were dashed when Fernandez’s penalty was saved by Alphonse Areola.

Antonio found the net shortly after the break, and despite Aguerd’s red card for a second booking in the second half, Chelsea couldn’t muster a response.

In the dying moments, Paqueta, sealed victory for West Ham, dealing Chelsea a decisive blow, with his well taken penalty.

Chelsea a very poor season last year, securing only five wins in 31 league matches. And they have now suffered four consecutive defeats in top-flight London derbies for the first time since 1990.

A record inherited by Pochettino, on whose shoulders now rests the task of rectifying the situation. This Chelsea side is a team in the rebuild mode, despite Todd Boehly doling out the cash, over £850 million, and the acquisition of players like Moses Caicedo and Romeo Labia, the side is still largely a work in progress

Pochettino’s strategic reliance on a predominantly young team is a calculated gamble. However, this choice was exposed in the seventh minute when James Ward-Prowse’s corner was met by Morocco defender Aguerd, who outmaneuvered Conor Gallagher and Chukwuemeka to score from six yards.

Chelsea’s response was swift, with Chukwuemeka capitalizing on a miscued clearance by Kurt Zouma to deliver an expert finish from 12 yards, drawing level in the 28th minute.

Chukwuemeka’s first Premier League goal clearly shows the promise and reason Chelsea signed the 19-year-old midfielder from Aston Villa.

Chelsea controlled the game and looked more the side likely to earn all the 3 points, the pressure paid off, winning a penalty in the 42nd minute after Raheem Sterling was brought down by Soucek. But Areola thwarted Fernandez’s tentative spot-kick with a superb dive to his right, denying the Argentine midfielder his inaugural Chelsea goal.

Though Antonio had minimal involvement in the first half, the West Ham striker seized an opportunity in the 53rd minute. Antonio outmuscled Chelsea defenders Levi Colwill and Axel Disasi, capitalizing on Ward-Prowse’s pass to unleash a ferocious strike from outside the area, beating Sanchez.

At the hour mark, Ecuadorian midfielder Caicedo made his Chelsea debut, having transferred from Brighton for a British record fee of £115 million ($146 million). However, Caicedo’s opening moments in a Chelsea shirt resulted in an overblown shot from distance.

Aguerd’s red card in the 67th minute, a result of a clumsy second booking after a challenge on Nicolas Jackson, offered Chelsea a potential lifeline.

Despite this advantage, Chelsea struggled to mount a response, and Caicedo’s debut is one that he would not want to remember as his foul on Emerson in stoppage time, led to the penalty that Paqueta confidently slotted past Sanchez. And at the match, West Ham finished Chelsea, wining 3 – 1 despite being one man down.

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