Maybe in a year Chelsea will be at Liverpool's level - Sarri

Declan Rice

He is bracing himself for two games in four days against the Premier League leaders. But for all of Chelsea's possession - and they had a lot of it - it was the hosts who looked more likely to break the deadlock.

The Italian manager whose side are unbeaten in the Premier League, rested Eden Hazard and David Luiz for Thursday night's opening Europa League win at PAOK in Greece.

Chelsea hogged the ball in the first half but West Ham were unsafe when they were able to break out, Michail Antonio proving a real handful.

In constraining Hazard as the game went on, West Ham may have created the blueprint for frustrating Chelsea and "Sarriball" this season.

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The Italy worldwide dropped his first points as a Chelsea player at the London Stadium, with the Hammers proving to be a nut too tough to crack, but it was a great day for him on a personal level.

"I don't know (whether the Europa League affected Chelsea's display)".

It wasn't always pretty as winter arrived early on the south coast, but Spurs battled to end a three-game losing streak in a 2-1 win at Brighton.

Liverpool made it a magnificent seven straight wins, from all competitions, to start the season by sweeping aside Southampton 3-0 at Anfield despite Jurgen Klopp taking the opportunity to utilise the depth of resources in his squad. And having made a ideal start to the season with five league wins and a workmanlike midweek victory over PAOK Salonika in the Europa League, Chelsea seemed less likely to suffer through a miserable 90 minutes than West Ham.

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"West Ham may be a big test of that". "We'll take that all day long", said Mark Noble, West Ham captain. Subs: Snodgrass 6, Sanchez 5, Perez 5. Subs: Barkley 6, Cahill 5, Morata 5.

On the half-hour Felipe Anderson neatly skipped past Cesar Azpilicueta before slipping the ball through to Antonio, who skied his shot from a tight angle.

Kepa Arrizabalaga then kept Chelsea level a few moments later, blocking Antonio's close-range effort following a driving Yarmolenko run. Liverpool will certainly be the test of Chelsea's fledgling title aspirations, but there is little evidence to suggest it is one they will pass. He produced a superb cross and as Alonso was caught ball-watching, Yarmolenko appeared to have the simplest of chances from three yards out, but although he caught the ball cleanly, he put it wide of the right-hand post.

"In this moment, maybe it is not a great problem, because we have played only six matches".

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