London Derby To Remember: Chelsea Vs West Ham

Every time two of the London side meet, whether, in the Premier League or anywhere else, there is drama.

Chelsea faced their city rivals West Ham United at the London Stadium for a classic derby game in the Premier League.

The Blues beat the Hammers 1-0 in a thrilling derby match that produced some shock.

German Striker Breaks His Drought

Timo Werner‘s debut season in the Premier League has been some sort of a rollercoaster ride.

The young prodigy came into the league in a season that has provided with happiness as well as sadness and shock.

The Covid filled season has seen different players suffer from goal drought and form and Timo is one of them.

Werner has struggled to make a notable impact in his first season after arriving for a $65m from R.B. Leipzig in Germany.

 

The German forward has scored 11 goals in all competitions for Chelsea this season, which in comparison to his previous season is very low.

Expectations were high when he joined the club, but he has struggled to regain his confidence in scoring goals.

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However, apart from goals, he has more combined goals and assists than any other Chelsea player.

The game against West Ham is vital for every player for Chelsea and Timo showed some sign of improvement.

Werner started and finished a move to settle a tightly-fought match.

 

Ben Chilwell crossed the ball for the German after working a move with Christian Pulisic and Timo fired a well-driven shot. This is his sixth Premier League goal for the Blues.

With this goal. Timo has finally broken his goal drought. He last scored in February for the Blues.

Timo Werner Celebrates
Timo Werner celebrates after scoring his first Chelsea goal since February. (Source: Goal)

This goal, which came in the 42nd minute, right before half-time, proved vital for Chelsea and their quest to reach the top four of the Premier League.

The Hammers ‘Ridiculed’ by VAR

VAR has been a touchy subject for most football fans all around the world. The decisions taken by the referees operating the VAR have proven controversial most of the time.

West Ham became the unfortunate team to face a ridiculous decision in their match against Chelsea.

The Hammers were losing by a goal to nil and were looking for a comeback, which was likely to happen.

Fabian Balbuena, who plays as a center back received a red card after his studs caught Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell.

Fabian Balbuena and Ben Chilwell
Fabian Balbuena’s studs land on Ben Chilwell’s calf after clearing the ball. (Source: Goal)

However, there is a valid argument that there was no other place for Fabian to place his feet after clearing the ball.

Every football fan who takes the game seriously knows that this should not have been a red card.

The referees might face some backlash from the West Ham fans due to this decision.

Being down to 10 men, the home side were looking to make a comeback but couldn’t as they lacked players.

With this loss, the Hammers are now 3 points behind Chelsea in 5th and still have hope of making it into the European competitions next season.

David Moyes believes that the decision taken by the referee to send of Fabian was ‘rubbish’ and ‘made by somebody who has never played the game.”

Tuchel Makes History

Thomas Tuchel has been an influential figure for the improvement and development of the Chelsea squad.

Having taken over from Frank Lampard mid-season, this Chelsea team has improved drastically over the course of the season.

With the win against West Ham, Thomas Tuchel has become the first Chelsea manager to remain unbeaten in 10 away games.

The 47-year-old German manager has yet to taste defeat on the road.

In a total of 10 away games, Chelsea has won eight and drawn two games under Tuchel. In these games, they have scored fourteen, conceded just three, and have kept seven clean sheets.

What’s Next For The London Teams?

Chelsea are still alive in two other competitions: Champions League and the F.A Cup.

The Blues will travel to Spain to face Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League Semi-Finals.

Chelsea will face Leicester City in the F.A Cup final on the 15th of May, 2021.

Just like West Ham, the Blues are fighting for the Champions League places next season with the likes of West Ham, Leicester City, and Liverpool.

West Ham currently are not in any other competitions apart from the Premier League, so their sole focus will be on reaching the top four.

There is hope for David Moyes’s side as they are just 3 points behind Chelsea with 5 games remaining.

Chelsea will look to solidify their spot in the top four of the Premier League whilst continuing their European and domestic cup competitions.

 

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