Chelsea’s 100% start to the Premier League season came to an end at West Ham because Eden Hazard was not allowed to influence the game, says Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri started his Stamford Bridge reign with five straight league wins but his team could not extend that record and had to settle for a goalless draw against battling opponents on Sunday.
Pellegrini – whose side had lost their previous two home league matches – was pleased with how West Ham “allowed Chelsea to have possession” on the right side of the pitch, denying the “dangerous” Marcos Alonso and Hazard much ball on the left.
“We played well tactically because we allowed them to have the ball where we wanted, and we defended well,” said Pellegrini.
“They played most of the game on their right side, so they didn’t create too many chances.”