Chelsea-West Ham United Preview

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The Hammers beat Chelsea in the EFL Cup in October at the London Stadium in a match marred by crowd violence.

Premier League football consistently shows that all managers are only a few bad games away from being fired.

That result came after three matches of a 13-game winning run in the Premier League and is one of two losses in 24 games for Chelsea since September. "That's very important. In football you can be the best in the world, you can play with the best in the world, you can have played 1000 games or scored 1000 goals, but the most lovely thing about football is that you can always improve". Diafra Sakho (back) and Angelo Ogbonna (knee) are the only injury absentees in the West Ham squad. On his day I think he is a top Premier League striker and he must be an absolute nightmare for defenders.

West Ham left-back Cresswell, 27, has been performing below par this season and is set to be a major weak link ahead of the Chelsea clash.

The other challenge is that Conte went from managing Italy at Euro 2016 to immediately taking up his post at Chelsea, so there was no time for respite.

"It must be our house, the Champions League".

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While Chelsea are excluded from this season's Champions League, the 47-year-old Italian can not help but immerse himself in a competition steeped in tradition and glory.

The Blues remain in control of the title race, but as one of the last teams to play this weekend, there will be a degree of pressure on them to perform at the London Stadium.

"Now this league is very, very hard". It's not easy when you start a season and you try a different situation. Against Watford they took a while to get going, although they really should have won the game after a dominant second-half performance and an equaliser from Andre Ayew.

"I am always trying to be optimistic but this time it is not insane optimistic it is realistic that he will be fit and available".

Chelsea's League Cup exit was overshadowed when segregation broke down in the London Stadium. To find the right atmosphere but, in England, it's very unusual for me to talk about this: usually in every game you find the right atmosphere.

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