Chelsea slumped to a 2-3 defeat against West Ham at the London Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
After riding their luck in the midweek win against Watford, the Blues finally came undone by a spirited Hammers side who twice overturned a deficit to stun the league leaders.
The visitors took the lead in the 28th minute, with the timeless Thiago Silva diverting home a pinpoint Mason Mount corner in the 28th minute. A Manuel Lanzini penalty after a comedy of errors from the Pensioners drew the Irons level 12 minutes later, but it was to be short-lived with Mount firing true with a goal of the season contender on the stroke of half-time.
It was yet again a familiar tale for Tuchel at the break. Plenty of positives to take and Chelsea in the ascendancy, but one big negative in that Kai Havertz had to be withdrawn through a nasty knock that a short on the ground squad can ill-afford during a busy Yuletide schedule.
There was more bad news on the horizon, with a neatly crafted Hammers move concluding with Jarrod Bowen finishing low into the back of Edouard Mendy’s net in minute 56. A freak Arthur Masuaku cross-cum-shot then caught Mendy out completely in the 87th minute.
In the end, an entertaining 90 minutes ended with the East Londoners taking all the spoils. Next up for the Blues is a trip to chilly St. Petersburg to face off against Zenit in the final Champions League group game. In the meantime, here are today’s player ratings…