Chelsea 1-1 West Ham United: Super sub Chicharito

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  • Chicharito saves point
  • Azpilicueta scores
  • Hart stars for West Ham
  • Morata twice denied for offside

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored moments after subbing into the match as West Ham United came back to draw Chelsea 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Cesar Azpilicueta scored for Chelsea, who saw a pair of razor-thin offside calls deprive Alvaro Morata of goals. The Blues sit 10 points back of the Top Four and three ahead of sixth-place Arsenal.

West Ham is six points clear of the drop after added its point to the table.

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West Ham started on the front foot, and Marko Arnautovic won a corner kick when he dribbled into the 18 for a rip toward Thibaut Courtois.

Willian made a dazzling run at the other end, cutting across the center of the park and down the right flank for a cross that Angelo Ogbonna diverted with a terrific slide.

Alvaro Morata had the ball in the net via a nutmeg of Joe Hart, but was offside when he started his run onto Eden Hazard‘s through ball.

Chelsea was feeling its finesse with combination play, and Hart made an outstanding save on Morata only to see Azpilicueta net on the ensuing corner kick.

There were several chances to win the ball off a short corner that Morata put back into the mixer for Azpilicueta to finish.

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More Willian wizardry saw him drag a shot wide of the far corner inside the 46th minute.

The Brazilian played a cross for Morata to score, but the offside flag was raised against the Spaniard for a second time.

It was West Ham who’d find their equalizer when Chicharito darted into space to belt one past Courtois, and that led to a thrilling finish with chances at both ends.

Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs end streak

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  • Morata puts Chelsea ahead
  • Eriksen fools Caballero for equalizer
  • Dele wins it
  • Spurs eight clear of Chelsea

Dele Alli scored a pair of second half goals as Tottenham Hotspur won a match at Chelsea for the first time in 28 years, coming back from an early deficit in a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Christian Eriksen also scored as Spurs collected their first win at the Bridge since Feb. 10, 1990.

Alvaro Morata scored for Chelsea, who falls eight points back of fourth place Spurs.

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Eriksen produced the match’s first fine chance out of a scrum on the right flank, swerving a cross that a shoved Dele Alli headed wide of goal.

Chelsea produced a frenzied few moments that featured an active Hugo Lloris for Spurs and culminated with Marcos Alonso belted into the goal from an offside position. No goal.

Morata leapt high to take advantage of Lloris’ poorly-timed intervention, rising to head home in the 30th minute.

Eriksen knuckled a hard effort toward Caballero that almost got the better of the Chelsea keeper in the 39th minute.

And the Danish wizard found the back of the goal with a wonderful effort in first half stoppage time, doubling down on swerve to beat Caballero.

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The second half saw Cesc Fabregas loft a free kick that Andreas Christensen nodded wide of the goal.

Caballero made an outstanding flying save on Heung-Min Son, who’s left-footed curler was palmed away by the Argentine.

Dele quieted his critics with an outstanding 62nd minute goal, settling Eric Dier‘s long ball over the top with a deft touch before using his second to rifle past Caballero.

The goalkeeper made two more saves on Son before Dele made Chelsea pay for awful box defending with a 66th minute goal.

Alonso, Pedro have Morata’s back despite Spain omission

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Alvaro Morata having his troubles keeping his spot in the Chelsea lineup, and his omission from the Spain squad has a couple of his teammates speaking up on his behalf.

Marcos Alonso, himself called up to Spain, and Pedro (not called up) have Morata’s back after the big striker scored at the weekend in FA Cup action.

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Alonso admitted that Morata was less than pleased to miss the call-up so close to the World Cup.

“Alvaro wasn’t happy,” Alonso said. “He has gone through a difficult few months with a back injury. He is now 100 per cent and the other day he scored.He is a very important player for us. I hope he will do well from here until the end of the season and he gets to go to the World Cup.”

It’s not like Morata hasn’t performed for Spain; The 25-year-old has 13 goals in 23 caps for La Furia Roja.

But Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has opted for just four traditional strikers, with Chelsea outcast Diego Costa leading the way in caps (16) and goals (6). Also in the squad: Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas (7 and 3), Valencia’s Rodrigo (3 and 1), and Real Madrid’s Lucas Vasquez (3 and 0).

Pedro pointed to Morata’s goal against Leicester City as a milemarker, via ChelseaFC.com.

“I’m very happy for Alvaro to score again and hopefully that will give him the confidence to score more. Alvaro is a very good player and an important part of our team. It’s important for him to score and to help the side and hopefully he can continue to do that until the end of the season.He had a back injury but now he’s in a very good condition and it’s a good time for him. I think his back is perfect now and hopefully he can keep scoring, because we all know just how good he is.’

Morata has been on the rise for several seasons, but hasn’t performed at a consistent level in his last three seasons at Juventus, Real Madrid, and Chelsea.

He had more of a playmaking streak at Juve, but has been a straight-up target man for both Real and Chelsea. His 13 goals and five assists certainly aren’t poor, but Antonio Conte clearly expected more from the Spaniard. Will his confidence be boosted before the end of the season?

Conte admits frustration over Morata’s ongoing back injury

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Antonio Conte would really appreciate if he could have his star striker, Alvaro Morata, available for selection sooner rather than later, but has admitted he grows more “worried” with each passing day that the club’s doctors “[struggle] a lot to find a solution to solve the pain in his back”.

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Speaking this week, ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com), Conte vented frustrations over the lingering injury which has kept Morata, who’s thus far scored a dozen goals (10 in the PL) in his first season in England, out of the Blues’ last five games (three losses, two wins), and the uncertainty over how much longer he might remain out of action — quotes from the Guardian:

“We have been talking a lot about bad results but sometimes we forget we are facing a serious situation. Players like Morata, for us, are very important and have been missing for a long period of time. I don’t know how long he will be out.

“We are struggling a lot to find a solution to solve the pain in his back. If you ask me whether he needs a day, a month or the rest of the season, I don’t know. For this reason, I’m a bit worried. You know very well the importance of the player.

Olivier Giroud is expected to make his first start (second overall appearance) for Chelsea when West Brom visit Stamford Bridge on Monday, and remain the main man up top for as long as Morata’s injury leaves him sidelined. Giroud, of course, has a fairly extensive injury history of his own, though, which could leave Conte quickly rethinking the club’s decision to loan Michy Batshuayi to Borussia Dortmund as part of the triangle trade of strikers on transfer deadline day.

Conte on Morata: “This is not a lucky period for him”

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Antonio Conte was disappointed that Chelsea couldn’t hang onto its late, come-from-behind lead against London rivals Chelsea on Wednesday.

And while Arsenal certainly more than deserved its point based on performance, Chelsea may’ve walked away a decisive winner had Alvaro Morata finished a number of gold-plated chances in the draw.

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That his misses came on the day Diego Costa scored — and was injured — for Atletico Madrid won’t escape the majority of Chelsea supporters, and Conte is pleading for patience (which isn’t a lot to ask for considering he’s adjusting to a new league). From ChelseaFC.com:

‘This is not a lucky period for him because at the last game versus Stoke I said it is very important for the striker to have the chance to score, and here today he had chances to score but it is football. I am very happy for his commitment and his effort for the team, this is the most important for me but for the striker it is important to score because then your confidence is up. In this case his confidence can do down but he is very young and he has to continue to work to improve and he will see that the goal is coming.

‘The only things I can tell him are to stay calm and continue to work in this way for the team because then the chances will arrive for him and for the other players. This is the first season he is playing with regularity. He has to stay calm and to continue to play in this way and the goal is coming.”

Morata has bagged 10 Premier League goals, 12 overall, for Chelsea since arriving from Real Madrid. That’s a bit down from his 20 goals in 43 for Real last season, though goals are traditionally a bit easier to come by in attack-driven La Liga.