Javier Hernandez, Joe Hart further dent Chelsea's Champions League hopes

Javier Hernandez, Joe Hart further dent Chelsea's Champions League hopes

The Blues have put in a pretty shambolic defence of their Premier League crown, and now sit in fifth place in the table, with little or hope of making it into the top four.

But former Manchester United striker Hernandez, on as a second-half substitute, struck his ninth career goal against the Blues to secure West Ham a valuable point.

And this morning they lie a dismal 10 points off the top four and Champions League football, with six games left.

West Ham possible XI: Hart, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku, Antonio, Arnautovic, Joao.

"But when you don't score but create the chances it's very hard to win".

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"We dominated the game and created many, many chances to score but we didn't and that explains our season". Edmilson offers far more than Hernandez in the middle of the pitch, but the Mexican provides obvious goal threat - and he only needed one chance, sweeping the ball home right-footed with typical composure to level the proceedings.

Either Chelsea could have done what Chelsea have a habit of doing when games have little outcome: shutting down and switching off, conserving their energy for next week's FA Cup semifinal against Southampton.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits that he's "very angry" and "sad" about how the 2017-18 season has gone for the defending Premier League champions. And then, one chance for West Ham, we concede a goal.

With only seven games remaining, Conte's two-year reign at Stamford Bridge looks set to finish at the end of the season, with widespread reports that Roman Abramovich is considering moves for ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique or Juventus chief Max Allegri.

There was a minute's applause ahead of kick-off, fittingly in this weekend's final Premier League game - as fans also applauded on the eight-minute mark, for an emotional minute.

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"We have to improve, we must win this game".

"It was tragic news for us", he said.

Hazard came close to ending that streak when he made a penetrating run to the edge of the area and flashed a shot just wide.

"We must be realistic to understand that this defeat was a bad defeat for us", he added.

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