Havertz’s Goal Secured Chelsea’s Three Points

Chelsea News: Kai Havertz secured 3 points for his “boring” Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with his first goal of the season. Ben Chilwell also scored once and created the opportunity for the Blues’ winning goal.

The game showcased a defensive tactical approach from both sides as West Ham suffered another defeat this season. Both clubs spent heavily in the summer transfer window, with fans expecting more from them.


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The London Blues started their season with 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in 6 English Premier League games. They are currently 5th in the table.

Their London rival West Ham United are in the bottom 3 of the table with just 4 points. They have suffered 4 losses in 6 games.

Chelsea News: Formations

Chelsea News: Havertz's goal secured Chelsea's three points in the London Derby
Chelsea News: Havertz’s goal secured Chelsea’s three points in the London Derby

Blues started in their usual 3-4-3 formation, as Pulisic and Gallagher started from the wings with Sterling up front. Chelsea’s record defender Wesley Fofana also made his debut.

Moyes’ West Ham built their team in a 4-2-3-1 formation, and Brazilian international Paquetá made his debut.

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Chelsea News: Havertz's goal secured Chelsea's three points in the London Derby
Chelsea News: Havertz’s goal secured Chelsea’s three points in the London Derby

During the first half, not much happened except for Pulisic’s deflected shot in the 26th minute. In the second half, the first significant attempt came from West Ham’s Bowen. The first goal came from Antonio de Hammers in the 61st minute. Chelsea’s game changed after Chilwell came off the bench. He scored the equalizing goal in the 75th minute.

He also created the opportunity for Havertz’s goal in the 87th minute. Before Chelsea’s second goal, Cornet’s shot hit the frame in the 86th minute of the game. VAR saved the day for Chelsea when Cornet denied the equalizer in the 89th minute for Bowen’s challenge on Mendy.

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What does the statistics say?

Chelsea News: Havertz's goal secured Chelsea's three points in the London Derby
Chelsea News: Havertz’s goal secured Chelsea’s three points in the London Derby

Tuchel’s Chelsea dominated possession with 68 per cent and 87 per cent passing accuracy. They made only 3 shots on goal from 8 shots.

David Moyes’s men were less dominant in possession with just 32 per cent of possession. They had the same number of shots on goal as Chelsea.

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Criticism

Although Blues won the game, their struggle in front of goal was simply visible. Tuchel’s tactics were also criticized by former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor. Speaking on Talksport, he spoke: “I don’t like to watch them play”; and he also added about the Blues’ style of play like “They’re boring, boring Chelsea”.

The London derby was a vital home win for Tuchel’s team, and he still has a lot of work to do to improve his team. They have spent big to finish in the top four, and the Chelsea owner has backed Tuchel by bringing in some of the biggest names in the team from him.

Chelsea News: What’s next for both clubs?

Chelsea News: Havertz's goal secured Chelsea's three points in the London Derby
Chelsea News: Havertz’s goal secured Chelsea’s three points in the London Derby

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have the next game to take on newly promoted Premier League side Fulham at Craven Cottage. The match will be broadcast on Saturday, September 10.

David Moyes’s struggling West Ham United take on Newcastle United at their home ground on Sunday.

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