How This Weekend's Premier League Results Affect The Top Four Battle
- Author: Angelo Rivera Apr 10, 2018,
Apr 10, 2018, 18:56
After a thrilling Manchester derby on Saturday evening, there was a chance of an exciting London derby on Sunday afternoon.
Alvaro Morata saw goals ruled out in either half for offside, while Willian missed a host of glorious openings as the Blues failed to add to Cesar Azpilicueta's first-half opener and put the game beyond their opponents' reach.
"We will fight and give everything for the three points which would help us get out of the relegation fight completely".
This had been another lacklustre performance, but Joe Hart took two strides to his left to produce a superb one-handed save on to the post to preserve West Ham's point that surely ends the Blues' hopes of Champions League football next season. If West Ham can win one or two of those matches, they could be blowing bubbles in the Premier League for another season. The two Europeans then combined again and some brilliant improvisation from the Spaniard almost resulted in the opening goal.
Still, it was not all bad news for the beleaguered Senegal star.
West Ham managed to equalise in the second half with an excellent strike from Javier Hernandez, which might have saved West Ham from relegation.
"It was a very good point". It was, incredibly, the sixth goal he's scored off the bench against Chelsea in his career.
The Mexican, who came on to score a dramatic equaliser at Stamford Bridge in 2012, repeated the trick for the Irons with a driven finish into the bottom corner after 73 minutes.
Hazard was looking more like his old self and he combined with Cesc Fabregas to prise open the West Ham defence, but Morata's deft back-flick rolled wide. The ex-Bolton left back hammered a left-footed drive towards the top corner on the turn, only to see it kept out by an expert fingertip save.
A penalty appeal from the visitors was waved away by Andre Marriner after Arnautovic went down under pressure from Azpilicueta.
His balance and poise in a side that's struggled has turned many heads.
There was still time for Stephens and Elneny to receive straight red cards within a few minutes of each other for raising their hands. Having limped out of the Champions League to a far stronger Barcelona side, Chelsea returned to the Premiership in forgettable fashion.