On Sunday afternoon, West Ham United and Chelsea will square off in a London derby at the London Stadium. Both teams drew their opening game of the 2023-24 Premier League season. West Ham came from behind to grab a point against Bournemouth, while Chelsea equalized at Stamford Bridge against Liverpool.
Chelsea increased off-field tension before their highly anticipated encounter last weekend by outmaneuvering Liverpool in signing Moises Caicedo, setting a new British record. Not only that, but they persuaded Romeo Lavia to prefer Stamford Bridge to Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s team sought revenge as they took the lead with Luis Diaz scoring from a perfectly executed pass by Mohamed Salah. However, Liverpool struggled to handle a corner and suffered consequences when Axel Disasi scored after Ben Chilwell’s header back into the box.
Before the big match between Chelsea and Liverpool last weekend, there was tension and bad feelings between the teams. Chelsea disrupted Liverpool’s record-breaking deal for Moises Caicedo and convinced Romeo Lavia to choose them over Anfield.
Liverpool, led by Jurgen Klopp, were determined to get revenge. They scored a goal when Luis Diaz tapped in a pass from Mohamed Salah. However, later in the first half, Liverpool couldn’t defend a corner and paid the consequences as Axel Disasi scored from Ben Chilwell’s header.
With the exception of a close miss by Darwin Nunez, Chelsea arguably deserved to win the crucial encounter and grab all three points. Pochettino, who has brought a breath of fresh air to West London, has yet to lose a game in command of Chelsea, including friendly matches. His next goal is to reverse Chelsea’s troubling pattern of only winning one of their last 13 Premier League games, with none of their previous five.
Interestingly, when West Ham and Chelsea met at the London Stadium in February, the score was similarly 1-1. Chelsea had previously defeated West Ham twice at Stamford Bridge. Furthermore, there is a brilliant 19-year-old midfielder in the squad.