Chelsea will have to wait until at least Matchday 3 to earn their first victory of the 2023 Premier League season after a disappointing effort against West Ham this weekend.
An excellent header from Nayef Aguerd put the Hammers up 1-0 after seven minutes of action. Carney Chukwuemeka scored his first goal for Chelsea to tie the score at 1-1. Things began to unravel for the Blues after Enzo Fernandez botched a penalty kick and 10 minutes later, Michail Antonio blasted in a goal to make it 2-1 for West Ham. Golden boy Moises Caicedo made his Chelsea debut at the 61′ mark and surrendered a penalty Lucas Paqueta converted to seal the 3-1 win.
Raheem Sterling drew a penalty for Chelsea to offer the Blues a chance to take a 2-1 lead, but Alphonse Areola made an impressive save on a meager shot attempt by Fernandez to turn the momentum completely in West Ham’s favor.
It’s too early to deem this a repeat season for Chelsea, but winless after its first two matches is anything but an auspicious start to this campaign. The Blues turned in a solid effort against Liverpool, but this was a thoroughly disappointing encore.
Chelsea will look to turn it around in a must-win match against Luton at 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25, at home. West Ham will face Brighton on the road at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26.