RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: WEST HAM V CHELSEA
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from Saturday lunchtime's setback in east London that caught his eye…
1. If ever there was a game of two halves, this was it. Juan Mata came back into the side with Oscar dropping out and it is becoming clear Rafael Benitez wants to give these players each a break in turn. Victor Moses impressed first half and John Mikel Obi also came back in and it would hard to find fault with anybody in the first half. Fernando Torres was finding space to run at defenders and defensively we looked solid with Cesar Azpilicueta getting better game by game. The way we started the game indicated the team selection was spot on.
2. No Andy Carroll for West Ham would have changed the way they played but Carlton Cole as well is not the type of centre-forward who runs the channels especially. So Chelsea were able to squeeze up from the back, we knew there were not going to be many people running in behind our defence, but we did have to be aware of players running from deep in midfield areas and we handled that very well in the first half. Our goal was really well worked, everybody in the move did their job, and when we put together other similar moves we looked very dangerous.
3. I'm sure West Ham manager Sam Allardyce would have told his players at half time they were not getting in the faces of the Chelsea players and were not playing their usual style. They then upped their game but for 10 minutes we weathered it quite well but when we had possession, we couldn't find our front men and in the end succumbed to a goal. The ref must have decided Branislav Ivanovic was backing in as much as Carlton Cole was climbing. With the ball looping up from a deflection, Ivanovic might have been trying to give Petr Cech room to catch but he didn't come for it.
4. The West Ham second goal came from a throw-in and the Chelsea players seemed to get themselves the wrong way round with Mikel marking a player who the centre-half would more usually pick up and Ivanovic trying to close down Diame's shot. Diame when he came on looked a top-class player which he hasn't done when I've seen him in the past.
5. The bright note from the game is the first half showed how well this team can play but we still seem to miss John Terry for organisation when it is a backs-to-the- wall scenario. We also need the attacking midfielders to be able hold the ball up against physical sides like West Ham. They have to be either clever or strong, even if the service sometimes isn't t the best, but for long periods in the second-half that wasn't the case.