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    West Ham 3-2 Chelsea LIVE RESULT: Masuaku downs Blues with late cross into net as Mendy endures horror afternoon

    CHELSEA are on the verge of a devastating defeat at West Ham.Thiago Silva headed the Blues in front but the Hammers then levelled after a shocker from Edouard Mendy.
    The Chelsea goalkeeper gave the ball away before conceding a penalty, which was converted by Manuel Lanzini.
    However, a stunning strike from Mason Mount put the Blues back on course for a crucial win.
    But in the second half West Ham battled back to level again with a goal from Jarrod Bowen before Arthur Masuaku’s wayward cross was fumbled into the net by the despairing Mendy late on.


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    West Ham XI: Fabianski, Zouma, Dawson, Diop, Johnson, Rice, Soucek, Coufal, Bowen, Lanzini, Antonio.
    Chelsea XI: Mendy, Silva, Rudiger, Christensen, James, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso, Mount, Ziyech, Havertz.

    If ever you wanted a better game to kick-start this round of fixtures, then this would definitely be my pick.
    Chelsea came flying out the blocks in the London Stadium and when they went 1-0 up through a brilliant header from Thiago Silva, it looked as if the Hammers were in for a thumping.
    However, Edouard Mendy decided to become Santa Clause by gifting Manuel Lanzini with the chance from the penalty spot which he perfectly dispatched.
    But then another twist in the tail happened on the stroke of half-time when Chelsea put together a well-orchestrated move which was superbly finished off by Mason Mount.
    Check that out in the blog if you haven’t seen it already.
    In the second half, the visitors continued to control possession until against the run of play, Jarrod Bowen hit a long range effort leaving the Chelsea keeper with no chance on the 56th minute.
    And then one of the strangest things you’ll see in football occurred three minutes from time when substitute defender Arthur Masuaku attempted a shot/cross which ended up beating Mendy at his near post and turned out to be the winning goal.
    He’ll probably claim it as a shot but I am not so sure about that If I am honest.
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    If you were in the blue corner this afternoon, skip this post because there are some brutal ratings being handed out.
    But if you fancy a good read of how and why certain players were rated a certain score.
    With qualification to the knock-outs already secured, David Moyes can afford to rest the big hitters in their final Europa League group game against 22x Prva NHL title winners Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.
    However, West Ham’s scheduled becomes rapidly busy shortly after; two away trips against Burnley and Arsenal followed by welcoming Norwich to the London stadium all in six days is going to be tough.
    And then to top it off, the Hammers’ last match before Christmas is a good old London derby against Spurs in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

    Thomas Tuchel’s men will have to brush themselves down and go again because they are back at the Bridge for their next two Premier League fixtures where they’ll be hosting a struggling Leeds United and an underperforming Everton side.
    The Blues then get on their travels to the Black Country where Wolves will be waiting for them at Molineux Stadium which is followed up by a trip across London against Brentford in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.
    But before all of that, Chelsea’s primary focus will be on topping their Champions League group by bettering Juventus’ result on Wednesday but to do that, the Blues need a good result against Russian giants Zenit St.Petersburg on the night.

    All those mistakes has led to Chelsea suffering their first Premier League defeat after leading at half-time since December 2018 against Wolves which ends their record of 48 league games.
    48 – Chelsea’s loss to West Ham was their first Premier League defeat after leading at half-time since December 2018 against Wolves under Maurizio Sarri – they had been unbeaten in 48 league games when ahead at HT before today (W40 D8). Slip.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 4, 2021

    The Chelsea boss wasn’t completely distraught with his side’s performance but Thomas Tuchel did emphasis that the Blues have been making far too many costly mistakes lately.
    I think the Blues gaffer likes the word ‘mistakes’.
    Below are some of the quotes from his post-match presser.
    I don’t think we did a bad match, it was an ok match where we can win with this performance.
    It’s tough to play here and we did too many individual mistakes today. We did that already against Manchester United, already against Watford and got punished for it.
    If you want a result in this kind of level you have to minimise the mistakes. We talked about it before which obviously did not help.
    This was the story.Thomas TuchelBT Sport 1
    I totally agree Gary.

    This three points for the Hammers is huge because it opens up some breathing space between themselves in fourth and Arsenal who are still to play their game against Everton.
    As for the Blues, they remain top for now but should Manchester City and Liverpool do their jobs, then Chelsea can end up dropping to third place this evening.
    West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen had an incredible game and it was his wonderful strike which put the Hammers level for the second time in the game.
    Here are a couple of his post-match thoughts on his perspective of the performance from his team including that freakish goal from Arthur Masuaku.
    I think this is what we are about. The team the character, the belief.
    We hung in sometimes because it was always going to be difficult but we never know when we are beaten.
    We went behind twice but we showed that reaction, showed a lot of a better performance and we got the three points.
    He’ll [Arthur Masuaku] tell you different, he’ll tell you he shot but listen, it’s gone in. Jarrod BowenBT Sport 1
    Similar to the first half, Chelsea controlled the possession, passing and shot statistics.
    But the one big difference is that the Hammers were able to turn the game on its head.

    Brace yourselves ladies and gentleman because this is the goal which snatched the points away from Chelsea.
    Was it a cross or shot from Arthur Masuaku?
    I’ll let you decide.

    What a result for West Ham as they overcome the current league leaders 3-2 at the London Stadium.

    90+3. That is brilliant play from Michail Anotnio who has lured Andreas Christensen into committing a foul deep in Chelsea’s half.
    The Hammers are so close to a massive three points.
    90+1. It’s backs to the wall for West Ham as Chelsea throw everything forward to try and salvage something from this game.
    They’ll know that they could end the weekend under both Manchester City and Liverpool if it ends like this.
    87. How that strike went in I have no idea but Arthur Masuaku won’t care and neither will the rest of the West Ham supporters.
    The defender seemed to be winding up for the cross but the ball took a swerve and dip and eventually flew into Mendy’s top corner.
    That was his first Premier League goal after having 96 attempts on goal.
    What a time to get it too.
    84. It’s clear to see what David Moyes’ thoughts are towards this game because the West Ham manager has made a positive substitution.
    Not only that, but he has sent a letter onto the field for Declan Rice to put in his shorts but the England midfielder is struggling to read the handwriting.

    Manuel Lanzini – OFF
    Said Benrahama – ON

    Legendary pundit Gary Lineker can’t get enough of watching Mason Mount in action.

    79. It’s all Chelsea at the moment as they send wave after wave of attacks to the hosts’ back-line.
    But you get the feeling that similar to July 2020, West Ham can put together one last counter attack and snatch the victory.
    Jorginho hit in what was a soft spot in truth but it somehow manged to roll through everyone’s legs and almost crept inside Lukasz Fabianski’s near-post.
    The keeper would have been fuming at himself had that gone in.
    74. In the aftermath of all that, Thomas Tuchel has made another roll of the dice.

    Marcos Alonso – OFF
    Christian Pulisic – ON

    Michail Antonio bullied his way through the Chelsea defence before picking out Jarrod Bowen on the stretch at the back-post.
    But unfortunately for the winger, he couldn’t wrap his foot around the ball.
    Looks painful.

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    Chelsea player ratings: Mendy has horror show with two huge blunders with Silva one of only players to put in a shift

    EDOUARD MENDY suffered his first horror show in Chelsea colours as he cost them the game at West Ham. Firstly, the keeper brought down Jarod Bowen on 40 minutes after failing to just clear the ball.
    Mason Mount looks on in defeatCredit: AP
    And then his day went from bad to worse as Arthur Masuaku’s hopeful effort with three minutes to go was palmed into the net.
    Mendy was not the only underperformer on the day, as Jack Figg runs down Chelsea’s ratings.
    Edouard Mendy – 5
    Rare mistake from Mendy after a poor back pass from Jorginho as the keeper brought down Jarod Bowen and failed to save Manuel Lanzini’s penalty.
    Had little chance of stopping Bowen’s equaliser at range but was completely caught of guard for Masuaku’s winner, which he was wrongfooted for.
    Edouard Mendy’s mistake before taking Jarod Bowen downCredit: Rex
    Thiago Silva – 8
    Excellent header to put Chelsea in the lead and just moments later he used all his experience to cover and clear off the line.
    Will feel his team-mates were not up to his high standards.
    Thiago Silva heads Chelsea in the leadCredit: AFP

    Andreas Christensen – 6
    Had a battle throughout with Michail Antonio but was the most quiet of the back line.
    Credit: Rex
    Antonio Rudiger – 5
    Had a tendency to bomb forward much more in this match, joining attackers in the box.
    Did not do much in the way of defending Bowen’s finish to level the game at 2-2 and just watched as the winger fired home.
    Antonio Rudiger battling with Jarod BowenCredit: Alamy
    Reece James – 5
    Constantly a threat whenever he gets on the right flank but had no one on the end of his delivery.
    The wing-back could not get into shooting positions like has been the case in prior matches.
    Reece James during Chelsea’s lossCredit: Alamy
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 7
    Much more impactful in midfield, winning the ball back and being aggressive in possession.
    His interception set up Mount’s wonder strike having laid it off to Ziyech, who got the sublime assist.
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek had a much more impactful game in midfieldCredit: AP
    Jorginho – 4
    Stitched keeper Mendy up with a needless and weak back pass leading to West Ham’s penalty.
    With N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic still sidelined, and Loftus-Cheek in better form, the Italian will know his place in the squad is far from certain.
    Jorginho’s bad back pass led to West Ham’s equaliserCredit: Reuters
    Marcos Alonso -4
    Chelsea will be counting down the days until Ben Chilwell is fit, with Alonso well off the pace on the left.
    Wasteful in possession and rightfully taken off for winger Christian Pulisic, having offered Chelsea next to nothing.
    Mason Mount – 6
    Stunning volley for Chelsea’s second goal as he beautifully side footed a volley past Lukasz Fabianski.
    Looked the most likely to get Chelsea back in the lead but could not manage it on his own.
    Mason Mount’s incredible volleyCredit: Reuters
    Hakim Ziyech – 6
    Remarkable cross field pass to assist Mount, proving the Moroccan is far more comfortable with the ball at his feet with space to work his magic.
    Far less impactful in the second half and despite his assist, the massive squad depth amongst the Blues ranks means his place in the starting 11 is not guaranteed.
    Hakim Ziyech set up Mason MountCredit: Prime Media
    Kai Havertz – 6
    The German is starting to use his 6ft 2in frame to good use when leading the line, making smart runs in the box and putting himself about.
    Was taken off for Romelu Lukaku at half-time and could be happy with his 45-minute performance.
    Kai Havertz is starting to use his physicality wellCredit: EPA
    Romelu Lukaku (for Kai Havertz, 45 mins) – 5
    Looks off the pace following a sustained period out injured. The striker will be hoping with more minutes, his form will pick up.
    Callum Hudson-Odoi (for Hakim Ziyech, 64 mins) – 6
    Offered some energy on the left in a period the Blues were desperate for it, but never looked like threatening on goal.
    Christian Pulisic (for Marcos Alonso, 72 mins) – 5
    Barely made an impact despite having the pace and finishing ability to turn a game on its head.
    Christian Pulisic came off the bench against West HamCredit: Rex More

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    The TV interview from 1998 that put Rangnick on course for Man Utd job but was dubbed ‘nonsense’ by Beckenbauer

    RALF RANGNICK’S 1998 TV interview set him on his way to becoming Manchester United manager.But it was dubbed as ‘nonsense’ by German legend Franz Beckenbauer.
    Ralf Rangnick did a compelling TV interview in Germany in 1998Credit: YouTube
    The then-40-year-old Ulm boss was working wonders in the Bundesliga 2Credit: YouTube
    He outlined the revolutionary way he wants his teams to play footballCredit: YouTube
    Rangnick was appointed United’s interim boss until the end of the season this week.
    But he appeared on ZDF Sportstudio in December 1998, offering fresh tactical ideas after years of sweepers and wing-backs had delivered success for Germany internationally.
    Then 40 and managing relegation-favourites SSV Ulm 1846 at the top of the Bundesliga 2, the German was using a back four and zonal marking.
    And his explanation of how he wanted to play football, including ‘extremely pronounced pressing’, helped shape coaches’ thinking in Germany and now around the world for years to come.
    Rangnick, who started his managerial career in 1985, told presenter Michael Steinbrecher: “The back four is really just a means to an end for us, because what we actually want to play is extremely pronounced pressing.
    “We want to try to always attack and outnumber the opposing ball-owner with at least one man, and it is simply important that the players also have a basic structure where they know that every player really has his back covered.”


    Rangnick went on to explain the tactical details of how he sets his teams up, especially defensively to win the ball back quickly and high up by setting traps.
    The former Schalke and RB Leipzig mastermind added: “First of all, we try to lure the opponent out a bit. That means we don’t want to give everything away from the start.
    “I think we have a problem in Germany and that is why it may take a little longer to convey this kind of football to a team, as many players have been trained in a completely different way.”
    The Saturday night interview received a mixed reaction, with some – including those in the studio – compelled by the new ideas but many rejected Rangnick and his ‘theories’.
    That included Beckenbauer, who said: “All this talk about the system is nonsense.
    “Other players can do more with the ball, our players cannot. Four at the back with zonal marking or a sweeper, it doesn’t matter. Four at the back can be fatal.”
    Germany head coach Erich Ribbeck added: “I’m disappointed about the overblown discussion about tactical systems, like a colleague of mine pedalling banalities on ZDF Sportstudio as if the coaches in the Bundesliga were all total idiots.”
    But Steinbrecher grasped the magnitude of what Rangnick was explaining, describing it as a ‘revolution’ in front of his very eyes.
    He told The Independent: “People said, ‘He can’t stand there and talk like this.’
    “I think they meant, ‘I don’t want this kind of football to be my football.’
    “You win games with your attitude, your fighting spirit and not with tactics – that was the conservative way of thinking about football. That’s true and it’s still true.
    “That’s what Roy Keane tells you in every TV show I watch and he’s right! You need personalities on the pitch.
    “But you also need an idea of how to play football, you need a system, you need a philosophy for your club.
    “For other coaches, it was an inspiration and they are the ones that embraced change, who embraced that modern way of football.
    “Who rules modern football today? That’s why we’re talking about him now.”
    Rangnick takes over with his new United team seventh in the table, 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea, and through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
    They face Crystal Palace at home in his first game in charge on Sunday afternoon – but as revealed by SunSport, the German could be without Cristiano Ronaldo who is believed to have injured his knee celebrating in the 3-2 win over Arsenal.
    Rangnick has got the Manchester United job until the end of the seasonCredit: Getty More

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    Aston Villa defender Kortney Hause’s £200k Lamborghini crashes into nursery school’s fence minutes before home time

    A PREMIER League defender’s supercar smashed through a school’s metal fence only minutes before home time.Parents said it was “pure luck” that Aston Villa star Kortney Hause’s high-powered Lamborghini did not kill anyone.
    Hause was heading to Villa Park for his team’s clash with Manchester City when the £200,000 4-litre Urus V8 careered off the road
    Parents said it was ‘pure luck’ that Aston Villa defender Kortney Hause’s high-powered Lamborghini did not kill anyoneCredit: Sunday Times Newspapers Ltd
    The player, 26, was heading to Villa Park for his team’s clash with Manchester City when the £200,000 4-litre Urus V8 careered off the road.
    Witnesses told how Hause appeared dazed and in shock after the airbags of his flash motor were deployed in the impact.
    Stunned dad Sabbir Ahmed, 43, said: “My daughter and hordes of children stand on the corner in front of the gates before and after school.
    “It was a staggering slice of luck that no one was killed.
    “The black Lamborghini lost control in wet conditions. Everyone is shaking at what could have happened. When I saw the wreckage I thought there must be bodies.
    At another time of day, anyone could have been killed.”

    The Lambo ploughed through the fence in Aston, Birmingham, just 25 minutes before pupils began flooding out of the three schools at the site.
    Police were called and spoke to Hause. A spokesman last night said it was a “damage-only collision” and were unable to provide any details. Aston Villa was asked for comment.
    In May, Hause revealed he had begged officers to let him off for speeding as he was on his way to meet Prince William at the opening of his club’s new training ground.
    The Lambo ploughed through the fence in Aston, Birmingham, just 25 minutes before pupils began flooding out of the three schools at the site

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    Arsenal revive Jonathan David transfer interest by scouting Lille strike sensation as part of double transfer swoop

    ARSENAL are keen on signing in-form Lille striker Jonathan David, according to reports.The Gunners could see two or more first-team strikers leave next summer.
    David has out-scored Messi in Ligue 1 this termCredit: GETTY IMAGES
    Both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are out on contract next June and are showing no signs of agreeing to new terms.
    According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are already drawing up a list of targets ahead of next season to bolster their attacking ranks.
    And Mikel Arteta is prepared to revive his interest in Lille’s David next year.
    The 21-year-old has scored 10 Ligue 1 goals in 16 games for the defending champions, nine more than Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi.
    David has also expressed his desire to play in England, calling the Premier League ‘the best in the world’.
    And with dreams of becoming the best striker in world football, he may make the move over the channel to do just that.

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    He could come at a hefty cost though.
    Lille managed to get around £70million out of the Gunners a couple of seasons ago for Nicolas Pepe, and they’ll undoubtedly try and fetch a high fee again.
    Arsenal could also look to Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
    The 24-year-old is seen as a perfect fit for the Gunners.
    But he has made just three league appearances for the Toffees this season after suffering a fractured toe.
    Like Lille, Everton could look to generate as much money as possible if they’re going to part with their main man.
    But boss Rafa Benitez has admitted every player has a price.
    He said: “Some clubs have been selling players at the right time, and with the money they received they improved the squad.
    “That is something we have to learn. The owner is ready to spend money but we can’t spend all the time without bringing money back in.
    “So I think we have to be clever in the future but at the moment, at this time, we have to make sure we can bring the best out of our players.”
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    Newcastle ‘want to make Man Utd star Jesse Lingard their highest-paid player’ as they line up January transfer

    JESSE LINGARD could become Newcastle’s highest-paid player as they line up a January transfer, according to reports.The Manchester United midfielder, 28, is out of contract at Old Trafford next summer.
    Newcastle are targeting Jesse Lingard for a January transfer next monthCredit: Getty
    And the Red Devils risk losing him for free at the end of season after negotiations over an extension broke down in November.
    But according to The Times, the Toon have made him their No1 target and would be prepared to offer a ‘substantial transfer fee’.
    They would also want to make Lingard the top earner in their history.
    Miguel Almiron currently holds that title with his £100,000-a-week package at St James’ Park.
    However, following the club’s Saudi takeover, they have cash to spend.
    And they need players who will hit the ground running.

    Newcastle currently sit bottom of the Premier League, six points from safety, and are yet to win a match this season.
    It is thought Lingard – who hopes to return to the England squad – could have a similar impact to his stunning spell at West Ham during the second half of the 2020-21 campaign.
    He scored nine goals and assisted five in 16 Premier League games on loan at the Hammers.
    David Moyes’ side could still make a move to sign Lingard again.
    Lingard’s only start this season came in the Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham.
    But new Magpies boss Eddie Howe refused to reveal his transfer plans for the mammoth window coming up – with relegation a serious threat for the world’s richest club.
    He said: “Processes are happening above me to prepare for January.
    “My immediate focus with the number of games we have is the team and the players we have and trying to maximise their ability.
    “Everyone is doing their jobs behind the scenes but I’m focusing on the team at this current time.”
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    Saul Niguez’s horror Chelsea loan takes bizarre twist with Thomas Tuchel looking at playing flop star as a wing-back

    THOMAS TUCHEL revealed struggling Saul Niguez has been used as a wing-back in Chelsea training. The midfielder signed on loan this summer from Atletico Madrid but after seven games he has struggled.
    Thomas Tuchel revealed struggling Saul Niguez has been used as a wing-back in trainingCredit: Getty
    On his debut against Aston Villa in September and in his most recent game at Watford, Niguez was hooked at half-time.
    But with Ben Chilwell, 24, out injured and Marcos Alonso, 30, Chelsea’s only other recognised wing-back, Tuchel said the Spaniard has been tested in defence.
    He said: “I think he could play in a wing-back role.
    “We sometimes do this in training, that’s why we have the impression he could be a good fit. Maybe in the next games, we have to try it.”
    Niguez, 27, has played on the left side of midfield before, but never in the backline.
    He was subbed off for Thiago Silva, 37, at Vicarage Road with centre-back Trevoh Chalobah, 22, moved to midfield as Chelsea eventually won 2-1.

    But afterwards, his performance came under question by boss Tuchel.
    He said: “I don’t know where he goes from this performance but he was on a yellow card so we had two options.
    “We could have taken Marcos off who also had a yellow card and try Saul as a wing-back.
    “I had this in my mind before the game, if something happened to Marcos.
    “But I thought maybe it was not the right match to try things with new positions so it was [subbing] him to change the shape a little bit and have Thiago on the pitch with his organising.
    “Having Trevoh on the number six who is more physical – unfortunately Trevoh injured himself and we ended up with Ruben on the single six.
    “But it was a tactical decision.”
    Saul Niguez was taken off at half-time against WatfordCredit: Getty More

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    West Ham vs Chelsea FREE: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for Premier League match

    CHELSEA head to West Ham as they look to keep their title campaign on track.The Blues have had an excellent campaign so far as they vie with Man City and Liverpool for top spot in the Premier League.
    Declan Rice and West Ham are making a surprise push for Champions League footballCredit: EPA
    Chelsea are looking to continue their title pushCredit: AP
    Hosts West Ham meanwhile are currently battling for a shock Champions League place under David Moyes.
    The Hammers did brilliantly to finish in sixth position last season and could even be set to do better this term.
    And they have already breezed through their Europa League group as they wage a successful fight across all fronts.
    What time does West Ham vs Chelsea kick off?

    West Ham take on Chelsea on Saturday, December 4.
    The match kicks off at 12.30pm.
    It takes place at the London Stadium.
    The sides last met in April when Timo Werner scored the only goal to secure a 1-0 Blues win at the same venue.

    What TV channel is West Ham vs Chelsea on and can I live stream it?

    West Ham vs Chelsea is live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.
    Coverage commences at 11.30am – one hour before kick-off.
    To stream the game live, head to the BT Sport website or app.

    Team news
    Angelo Ogbonna is out with a knee injury for the Hammers. The Italian has missed the last four games for David Moyes’ side.
    Meanwhile Aaron Cresswell is fighting to be back after a lower back problem that forced him to miss the 1-1 draw with Brighton.
    For Chelsea, Ben Chilwell remains out long term after picking up a knee injury, N’Golo Kante is not expected to play with a similar problem and Mateo Kovacic is also likely to be out.
    That means Saul Niguez might be relied upon again after drawing criticism from fans during the win at Watford.
    Reece James is questionable after picking up a minor injury that forced him to miss the victory at Vicarage Road.
    Latest odds
    West Ham 7/2
    Draw 13/5
    Chelsea 3/4
    *Odds from Betfair correct as of Monday, November 29 More