Chelsea drop points at West Ham

Andriy Yarmolenko steers his header past the post

Asked about the German's injury, boss Sarri said: "I don't know".

The inherent danger in Chelsea's expansive passing game was laid bare whenever they lost the ball against West Ham, with routine interceptions often ending in Felipe Anderson and Yarmolenko running directly at the centre-backs.

'We have to work and then, maybe, in one year we will be at the same level as Liverpool'.

'It will be a really hard match, ' said Sarri.

Defender Rudiger went off during the second half of the Blues' 0-0 draw at the London Stadium. We are improving in the defensive phase.

But for all Chelsea's dominance - a total of 451 passes in the first period - they managed just three shots on target and two of those were from distance. "So for us it's a bit early", Sarri said.

Pedro missed the West Ham game with a shoulder injury he suffered during Thursday's Europa League win against PAOK.

English Premier League Report: West Ham United v Chelsea 23 September 2018

The visitors began brightly but could have been behind in the 31st minute had goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga not denied Michail Antonio from four yards out.

Kante guided a header wide from Willian's first-time ball into the area as the first half ended goalless.

West Ham began to drop deeper as the second half progressed and substitute Alvaro Morata nearly made the Hammers pay soon after his introduction, but the Spaniard's close-range effort hit Fabianski in the face before rebounding clear of danger.

Kante fired over after a Willian pass, a curling Barkley strike was tipped away by Fabianski and Willian lashed wide as Chelsea tried to engineer a late victor.

They did so without injured forward Marko Arnautovic, who has been directly involved in four of their five goals so far this season. They shouldn't overlook West Ham, however, as the Hammers will be looking to build on what was a very impressive performance last weekend.

The home side should have made the breakthrough after 77 minutes, the unmarked Yarmolenko heading wide from close range after Snodgrass had picked him out with a teasing cross.

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