West Ham 0-0 Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri's side drop points in London derby

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Eden Hazard returned to the starting line-up after being rested for Chelsea's Europa League victory in Greece on ThursdayChelsea's 100% start to the season came to an end as they were held to a goalless draw by West Ham in a low-key encounter at London Stadium.Manager Maurizio Sarri started his Blues reign with five straight Premier League wins - but they could not maintain the record against a battling Hammers side.And in the end Chelsea were grateful for Andriy Yarmokenko's glaring second-half miss, when he headed wide with only keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to beat and the goal at his mercy, for not suffering their first defeat.
The visitors had chances of their own, with West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski saving well from substitutes Alvaro Morata and Ross Barkley - but in the end a draw was a fair result in a game that rarely sparked into life.It is a result that drops Chelsea into third place behind Manchester City on goal difference and leaves Liverpool two points clear at the top of the table with a maximum return from their six games.
All of Sunday's Premier League action
Chelsea missing the magic touch

Lukasz Fabianki denied Alvaro Morata from close rangeEden Hazard has been in magnificent form for Chelsea this season, exemplified by the superb hat-trick that inspired victory after they fell behind to Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge.On Sunday, the brilliant Belgian was kept in check by West Ham and consequently the Blues' threat was hugely reduced, with winger Pedro injured and striker Olivier Giroud on the periphery.Chelsea's best chance fell to the feet of substitute Morata after he replaced Giroud in the 65th minute, but he was thwarted by the bravery of Fabianski.It summed up the visitors' frustration as their 100% winning start came to an end in a performance that was flat and lacking in energy, perhaps understandable after Thursday's trip to Greece to face PAOK in the Europa League.Ross Barkley almost snatched it late on with a long-range effort that brought another excellent save low to his left from Fabianski, but this was not a Chelsea display that deserved three points.The Blues remain undefeated under Sarri in competitive action and, despite the dropped points here, this still represents a satisfactory start for the Italian.
West Ham rue Yarmolenko miss

Andriy Yarmolenko had the best chance to score with just over 10 minutes remaining at London StadiumYarmolenko was voted man of the match by those who make the decision on behalf of West Ham - but in reality he was the villain of the piece despite another performance of promise.The 28-year-old Ukrainian showed his class with two goals on his full debut in the 3-1 win at Everton, and almost delivered a trademark finish on Sunday when he cut inside and shot narrowly over with his left foot, his stock in trade.Sadly for Yarmolenko and the Hammers, he missed his golden opportunity when it came at London Stadium - as substitute Robert Snodgrass landed a perfect cross on his head just six yards out at the far post in the second half.However, with Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga totally exposed, Yarmolenko somehow directed his header wide when it was easier to score.It was West Ham's last chance of a performance not short on endeavour but missing inspiration in attack without the talent and unpredictability of Marko Arnautovic.Declan Rice's display was once again a major plus, the 19-year-old showing composure in a defensive midfield role as he adds another string to his bow after showing his talent as a central defender.West Ham's fans greeted the final whistle and a point at home warmly - but the dejected Yarmolenko and manager Pellegrini will know it could have been three.
Blues gear up for key week
Chelsea now face Liverpool twice in a week when we may get a more accurate measure of how far they have come under Sarri - and how far they still have to go after he succeeded Antonio Conte.The Carabao Cup meeting at Anfield on Wednesday (19:45 BST kick-off) will merely be a warm-up - because both Sarri and his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp are sure to play shadow teams.Stamford Bridge will host the acid test in the Premier League at 17:30 on Saturday, with the Reds flying high after winning their first six league games for the first time in 28 years and Chelsea attempting to claw back the ground they lost here at London Stadium.It is hardly a defining few days for either team with the season in its infancy - but it is certainly the opportunity to strike a psychological blow.
Man of the match - Declan Rice (West Ham)

Declan Rice produced a mature performance and claimed four interceptions, more than any other West Ham player
'We allowed them the ball where we wanted' - what they said
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It was a good point against the leaders and a team that scored 14 goals in the first five games."It was a close game, and we had two clear chances and they had one."I think we played well tactically because we allowed them to have the ball where we wanted and we defended well."We would prefer to have some more possession, but it was a good tactical game and at least we did not lose it."
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Manuel Pellegrini rues Hammer's missed chances
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri: "We could have done better in the first half as we moved the ball slowly. In the second half, especially in the last 30 minutes, we played well - but we can do better."This was not our best performance. I knew West Ham are a very good team and they were confident after their win at Everton."We needed to move the ball faster - otherwise it is very difficult to create opportunities."
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Chelsea must play better & improve quickly - Maurizio Sarri
Jorginho the pass master - the stats
West Ham have avoided defeat in three consecutive Premier League games against Chelsea for the first time since a run of five between March 1998 and March 2000.
Chelsea failed to score in the league for the first time under Maurizio Sarri and for only the second time in their past 15 Premier League games (also in their 0-3 defeat at Newcastle in May).
This was only Chelsea's second goalless draw in their past 48 away league games.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho attempted 180 passes in this match, the most by a player in a Premier League match since 2003-04.
Jorginho has completed 628 passes for Chelsea in the league this season, more than any other player.
This was Chelsea's 600th top-flight London derby and they become the third side to reach this number after Arsenal (674) and Tottenham (609).
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Match Stats
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West Ham
16NobleSubstituted forC Sanchezat 85'minutes
30AntonioSubstituted forPerezat 65'minutes
8Felipe AndersonBooked at 52mins[/i]Substituted forSnodgrassat 74'minutesBooked at 90mins[/i]
15C Sanchez
2RudigerSubstituted forCahillat 69'minutes
30David Luiz
7KanteBooked at 50mins[/i]
17KovacicSubstituted forBarkleyat 79'minutes
18GiroudSubstituted forMorataat 65'minutes
10E Hazard
Referee:Mike DeanAttendance:56,875
Match Stats
Home TeamWest HamAway TeamChelseaPossessionHome28%Away72%ShotsHome6Away17Shots on TargetHome1Away6CornersHome1Away8FoulsHome11Away9
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Match ends, West Ham United 0, Chelsea 0.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+5' Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Chelsea 0.
Posted at 90'+3' Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 90'+2' Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 90'+2' Foul by Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United).Posted at 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Jorginho.Posted at 90'+1' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.Posted at 90'+1' Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.Posted at 89' Offside, Chelsea. Eden Hazard tries a through ball, but N'Golo Kante is caught offside.Posted at 89' Ross Barkley (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 89' Foul by Lucas Perez (West Ham United).Posted at 87' Offside, West Ham United. Lucas Perez tries a through ball, but Pedro Obiang is caught offside.Posted at 86' Hand ball by Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea).
Posted at 85' Substitution, West Ham United. Carlos Sanchez replaces Mark Noble.Posted at 83' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.Posted at 81' Attempt missed. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Willian.Posted at 80' Offside, Chelsea. Jorginho tries a through ball, but Willian is caught offside.Posted at 80' N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 80' Foul by Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United).
Posted at 79' Substitution, Chelsea. Ross Barkley replaces Mateo Kovacic.Posted at 77' Attempt missed. Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.Posted at 76' Attempt saved. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.Posted at 75' Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 75' Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).
Posted at 74' Substitution, West Ham United. Robert Snodgrass replaces Felipe Anderson.Posted at 73' Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea).Posted at 73' Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 70' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.Posted at 70' Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cesar Azpilicueta with a cross.Posted at 70' Jorginho (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 70' Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).
Posted at 69' Substitution, Chelsea. Gary Cahill replaces Antonio Rudiger because of an injury.Posted at 68' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 67' Delay in match Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United) because of an injury.Posted at 66' Attempt saved. Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Luiz.Posted at 66' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Issa Diop.Posted at 65' David Luiz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 65' Foul by Lucas Perez (West Ham United).
Posted at 65' Substitution, West Ham United. Lucas Perez replaces Michail Antonio.
Posted at 65' Substitution, Chelsea. Alvaro Morata replaces Olivier Giroud.
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