Sarri settles for point at West Ham which ends 100 per cent start

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Maurizio Sarri admitted he had to be satisfied with a point after seeing his 100 per cent record as Chelsea boss ended at West Ham.

The Blues stumbled slightly for the first time this season as West Ham secured a first home point and a first clean sheet in a goalless derby-day draw.

It could have been worse for Chelsea had Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko converted extremely presentable chances for the Hammers.

“They are really a very good team and they are now playing with confidence after they won at Everton last week.

“I think we have played well in the second half, but it’s impossible to win every match and a point is OK today.”

Despite their impressive start to the campaign – they remain third just two points behind leaders Liverpool – Sarri maintains his side are a work in progress.

They certainly struggled to break down a West Ham side barely recognisable from the shambles of their first four matches, now playing with more than a hint of shape and organisation as well as with plenty of attacking intent.

Eden Hazard was unable to inspire a Chelsea victory
Eden Hazard was unable to inspire a Chelsea victory (Tim Goode/PA)

“We need to move the ball quicker and we need more movement without the ball,” added Sarri.

“We are improving in the defensive phase, but we have to improve in the offensive phase, especially in this kind of match.”

Antonio was denied by a point-blank save from Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with his thigh at the near post in the first half but the miss of the match was Yarmolenko’s.

The face of injured forward Marko Arnautovic in the stands said it all as Yarmolenko planted a free header, five yards out and with the goal gaping, wide of Kepa’s left-hand post.

“Maybe it seemed easier to score than miss. Maybe he relaxed a bit more,” said Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini.

“It’s a first clean sheet, against a team who have scored 14 goals, so in that respect I’m happy.

“But when you have chances against big teams you must score them. The draw is not a bad point but if we took those chances we could have got three.”

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