West Ham United on Sunday ended Chelsea’s 100 per cent record in the Premier League after playing out a 0-0 draw with the Blues.
Following a run of five wins out of five games under Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea’s quality in the final third was severely lacking as Eden Hazard was suffocated by the Hammers’ midfield.
West Ham created clear chances but missed the ruthlessness of Marko Arnautovic, who was absent with a knee injury.
The standout chance fell to Andriy Yarmolenko late on but he headed wide from six yards out.
Pressure had mounted on West Ham under Manuel Pellegrini after four straight defeats but four points in the last week and a first clean sheet has them moving in the right direction.
Chelsea travel to Anfield on Wednesday to take on Liverpool in the Carabao Cup third round – before welcoming Jurgen Klopp’s side to Stamford Bridge next Saturday.
Meanwhile, West Ham play Macclesfield on Wednesday in the cup ahead of travelling to take on Manchester United next Saturday lunchtime.