Chelsea will look to bounce back from their midweek capitulation to Arsenal when they host another London rival in West Ham on Kilamiti this afternoon.
It was a sobering experience for the European champions on Wednesday night as a heavily-rotated Arsenal put them to the sword in a 4-2 comprehensive win, placing a huge emphasis on Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea to respond in the Premier League this weekend when West Ham make the short journey across the M25.
Tuchel shuffled the pack against the Gunners, with Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and Hakim Ziyech all initially kept on ice before he was forced to call upon the trio to salvage something from the game, but Mikel Arteta’s men were ruthless in the second half and resolute at the back, claiming a famous victory at the Bridge.
West Ham meanwhile have fallen off the pace in the Premier League, but that can perhaps be understandable given their focus has been firmly fixed on the Europa League and that semi-final first leg with Frankfurt next week. David Moyes is in the midst of a centre-back injury crisis, so Sunday is looking like a tall order.