Which means we’re done here. Thanks all for your companionship and comments, sorry I can’t use them all; Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Tara!
And this is Jacob Steinberg’s match report.
Antonio says West Ham got off to a bad start last season and wants to change that. They won the “European Cup,” he said, but are still disappointed with the way the tournament has turned out.
Today he talked about how difficult the game was and how hard he and the team had to work. During halftime, Moyes showed them how to close the holes Chelsea were attacking, allowing them to win the ball higher. And his goal came, he explained, upon spotting Sanchez taking a step, prompting him to take a shot on the other side. He had only five goals in the league last season, had this one and hopes to keep scoring it from here.
Caicedo’s disaster would take the spotlight away from Enzo’s missed penalty, but it was perhaps the turning point of the game. He scores and Chelsea can win; it happens to us that his team lacks an assassin, because no serious central defender would allow a midfielder to score for free.
It is worth noting that Chelsea fell in the second half after the departure of Chukwuemeka. He’s got a really good 45, showing off his ability to receive the ball, hold it and use it intelligently, so Pochettino will hope he doesn’t have to be sidelined for too long. If that’s the case, Gallagher could get a chance to play a more offensive role, which suits him very well.
Jamie Redknapp’s Notes that the pass Ward-Prourage sent to Antonio was not the one that Declan Rice had in his closet. That’s a fair point, and I imagine Rice would accept; Pass numbering is the area where he needs to improve the most.
Ward-Prince told Sky he had a ‘dream debut’ and note the energy from the crowd during the closing phase. He knew he was signed in part because of his dead serve and they worked on it for the week, but in an open field it was different. He feels the atmosphere rising when they get a set piece and try to attack an area, but you also need players who attack the ball and have faith in the team that they can score. from those situations.
Against a good team, West Ham knew they were going to be “lost” in terms of points, and when asked about his pass into Antonio’s net, he said he knew his team-mate. How good he is at blocking the ball isn’t everything.
When asked about last season, he didn’t want to talk much about it because he wasn’t there but he knew things weren’t great and the team saved themselves by winning the Conference League. Then he left, and made a great signing.
“Definitely ‘your nan bought you this from Benidorm because you like football’ emotions for Chelsea’s kit this season,” commented Stephen Carr.
I quite like the simplicity but the round neck is a bit weird.
In there, This is Gary Pallister’s Manchester United debut. Turns out he was fine.
Meanwhile Chelsea showed enough to show they can have a good season. I’m not sure how they deal with the firepower, but once Caicedo settles in – and despite his mess here, he’s fine – they don’t need more than a goal or two to win. won most of the matches.
What a result and performance for West Ham, and exactly what they needed to restore the Conference League’s buzz. They have the physicality, the toughness, the menace in set-pieces and when they need serious quality, Ward-Pr’s and Antonio have provided it.
Paqueta fell to the ground – for him it had been a week – while Caicedo also fell to the ground, seeking balance and perspective through prayer. But when he got to his feet, his new team was still swallowed up by bitter rivals.
90+6 minutes West Ham played very well into the second half, and Paqueta, who looked set to leave just a week or two ago, celebrated with a The Hammers sign.
Paqueta stopped, stammered, glanced at the keeper… and when he went left, swept right! The game ends!
90+4 minutes This is a nightmare for Caicedo! Emerson played a one or two with Paqueta, who had a beautiful back-heel, then passed the most expensive player in English football history… who couldn’t help but stretch his legs lazily causing the Brazilian to fall!
90+2 minutes Now it’s Chelsea’s turn to attack! It was a suffocating game, Madueke dribbling to the right and swerving inside before shooting – again near the corner, Soucek made it difficult for the keeper by sticking his foot out. And the deflection he imparted made things difficult, but Areola still dashed left to dash.
90+1 minutes Poor from Fornals who devoted to Caicedo, but poorer from Caicedol who devoted to Fornals, and suddenly he ran away from Silva! He crept into the box, leaned inward before slamming his shot wide into the near corner… and Sanchez did a great job for the ball.
90 mins We’ll have six more minutes.
90 mins Disasi looked a bit impulsive, and when Bowen lunged at him, instead of letting him touch him, he knocked him over, allowing West Ham to spend more of the rest of the time.
89 minutes West Ham have performed very well since falling to 10th place. Chelsea had a lot of possession but very few chances, and I don’t think they need that much more time.
87 minutes “I hope it’s not the last time we see Antonio,” replied Kári Tulinius. “Of all the Premier League players who have left for the Saudi league or are rumored to be leaving, he is the one I miss the most. There aren’t many people around who are capable of creating his movements. This little moment in the FA Cup against Derby County was Bergkampesque’s.”
85 minutes Sterling did a great job isolating Paqueta, washing him off the outside before delivering another cross that Mudryk put on. He had plenty of time to follow the ball’s flight path, align his body to cushion the ball and shoot his left foot into the net… only to cut a miserable effort wide and many. It just doesn’t work for him at the moment.
84 minutes Sterling was mostly silent this half, but he darted down the box past Alvarez and Emerson, delivering a cross… which Ogbonna headed off.
83 minutes Now in a Chelsea change, youngster Mason Burstow replaces Gusto; Immediately, a corner from Madueke created another corner from the opposite side, and Mudryk’s effort was thwarted.
81 minutes A substitution at West Ham, Alvarez replaced Ward-Prowse, whose two assists showed exactly why Moyes bought him.
80 minutes Once again, Gusto crosses the ball from the right, and Zouma’s header goes straight to Colwill on the edge… but he can only miss the post.
79 minutes Chelsea passed the ball to Gusto on the right and his low cross was a good one, running down the hall with no one there to attack. So West Ham counterattacked, Fornals making a nice pass into Bowen, who felt Disai in the back should know he could turn away, eventually exchanging the pass with Fornals before taking a shot from 20 yards, Sanchez fumbled before grabbing.
78 minutes No, he goes perpendicular to Caicedo at the edge and that’s the end of that.
78 minutes Mudryk once again didn’t do much, but he fouled Coufal on the left, allowing Fernandez to turn around for another free kick…
76 minutes Another West Ham substitution, Fornals came in for Antonio, who excelled in the second half. I’m not sure I understand this change because he’s an excellent player whether in possession or in pursuit; if he’s stuck, send Ings or Mubama, uh, “me”.
75 minutes Substituting for Chelsea, Madueke replaces Gallagher – who must know that his starting spot was most likely taken by Caicedo – although he could have been saved by the introduction of Chukwuemeka.
74 minutes Disasi was the backup in this latest attack, delivering a cross over the post and behind.
73 minutes “Your clip of the 85-86 game,” Richard Gibbs emailed. “The pitch reminds me of my Hackney Marshes days! and also, why is Rougvie registered? He gave Strachan, his 83rd teammate when Aberdeen beat Real Madrid, a hug!”
Oh my gosh, Rougvie v Strachan is a mismatch if any. And on the subject of Aberdeen, the 1983 BBC documentary is well worth your time.