Three takeaways from West Ham 0-0 Chelsea
After Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw away at West Ham, here are the main takeaways from the game.
1) Sarri needs to rotate his players more
Several players looked tired after the long trip to Greece in midweek. Jorginho and Kante seemed especially tired as did Marcos Alonso, who did not have the energy to exploit space that was available. Tiredness may also have contributed to the muscle injury that Antonio Rudiger sustained.
These problems were avoidable. Sarri could easily have played younger talents out in Greece and still gained the three points. Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ethan Ampadu and Ruben Loftus Cheek should fill in a lot more.
2) Midfield spots are up for grabs
N’Golo Kante’s limitations were obvious against West Ham. His finishing was poor and he took too long to decide what to do with the ball. Mateo Kovacic was also ineffective and his passing was mostly sideways.
Ross Barkley played well off the bench and he has a golden chance to make a midfield place his own. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Cesc Fabregas have the same opportunity.
3) The striker situation is a problem
Of these three takeaways, this one will probably be mentioned again in future.
Olivier Giroud’s limitations were on full show. He offered no threat running in behind. The West Ham centre backs then aggressively shut him down as soon as he received the ball to feet.
Alvaro Morata’s problems continue as he failed to take a golden opportunity. Chelsea need a third option up front if they want to challenge for the title.