Chelsea follow up defeat in one London derby last weekend – the historic 3-1 defeat at home to Tottenham which all but ended their Champions League hopes – with another as they host West Ham United at Stamford Bridge in Sunday’s later game.
The Hammers go into the game buoyed by their stunning 3-0 win over the Blues’ FA Cup semi-final opponents Southampton in their biggest game of the season last time out and will be looking to exploit any lingering dips in confidence in the ranks of the reigning champions.
It was always going to be intriguing to see what Antonio Conte would do to rectify matters and try and build some momentum – either in pursuit of an unlikely assault on the top four or, more importantly, in preparation for that semi-final on 22 April.
Conte plumped for largely the same side that was humbled at the hands of Spurs and we’ve taken a closer look at the Chelsea fans’ displeasure…
Same team that lost to Spurs. I'm lost for words. No Hudson-Odoi? No Sterling? Ridiculous.
— Younes H-Hamou (@youneshh) April 8, 2018
Where is this man 🙁 pic.twitter.com/6oRWVbEoGG
— 👑 (@BallerEden10) April 8, 2018
WHERE IS CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI
— Jere 🇫🇮🇳🇴 like limit (@HxdsonOdoi) April 8, 2018
Complain about signings and don’t even play them. Why sign Emerson in Jan ? I wonder
— Ronak 🥃🚬 (@ronak_cfc) April 8, 2018
Conte is trying to get sacked w/ that XI.
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) April 8, 2018
Idiot. Hudson-Odoi not even on the bench..
— Brian G.D. Kjær (@Briankjaer300) April 8, 2018
— CFC DAILY (@CFCDaiIy) April 8, 2018
What more can Emerson do to deserve a start? Guess he needs to get a tattoo that says "I can suffer without the ball".
— Keti Emma (@Kt__Emma) April 8, 2018