Chelsea go to Anfield in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, before a league meeting at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Indeed it was West Ham who could, and probably should, have taken all three points after creating by far the clearer chances, with Andry Yarmolenko heading a glorious opportunity wide in the 78th minute.
‘Pedro for us is very important, because he is the best player we have with movement without the ball, ‘ Sarri said. They entered the Premier League win column last Sunday, though, defeating Everton 3-1 behind a pair of goals from Andriy Yarmolenko.
Sarri admitted it is impossible to win every match following the frustrating draw in the London derby. “It’s OK, one point today”.
Chelsea’s flawless Premier League start had come as a surprise, not least because of Sarri’s admission in August that he expected “problems” in the first half of the campaign.
Giroud was picked ahead of Morata for the match against West Ham on Sunday, with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri opting for his greater physical presence, but the French World Cup victor struggled to impose himself.
The London-born teenager is eligible to play for both Ireland and England, and despite three senior appearances with the Republic of Ireland, he has not yet been tied down to the country.
Felipe Anderson was quick to seize on a loose ball and played in Antonio, who blasted over with his left foot.
“Then we have played well in the second half, and very well in the last 25 minutes”.
The match will be played at the London stadium and it will start from 06:00 pm India time.
Better in the second half.
Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers stood firm in an ultra-defensive shape that frustrated the likes of Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud and Willian.
Second-half substitute Alvaro Morata nearly made an instant impact for Chelsea, but he was unable to steer the ball past Lukasz Fabianski from close range, as Chelsea missed their chance to keep pace with league leaders Liverpool.
West Ham: Fabianski 8, Balbuena 7, Zabaleta 6, Diop 7, Masuaku 7, Rice 7, Obiang 6, Noble 7, Yarmolenko 7, Anderson 7, Antonio 5.
After picking up their first points of the season last week, West Ham now sit 17th, one place above the relegation zone.
“It’s fine now, with them winning and attacking, but if Chelsea are a bit off and they get a bit strangled or isolated up front, then you could see him wanting to shift to a more central role”.
“I might be going out on a limb in backing the Hammers, but I just think something will click for them this time”.