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Souness: West Ham look like a proper team

Graeme Souness has described West Ham as a ‘proper team’ as they picked up a point against high flying Chelsea.

Chelsea went into the game at as one of only two Premier League teams to still have a 100% record, but that number is down to one after the Blues were unable to break down a resilient West Ham defence, playing out a 0-0 draw at the London Stadium.

Both teams had a number of chances to win the game, with both ‘keepers being forced to make some good saves, with Yarmolenko’s effort in the second half being the most clear-cut of the game, but the Ukrainian failed to guide his header on target for what would have been a certain goal.

There have been criticisms of the Hammers this season after they lost their opening four Premier League games of the season under Manuel Pellegrini. However, a win over Everton and a draw against Chelsea has left Graeme Souness to praise the work they did, especially in midfield:

“I thought West Ham looked like a proper team today, they looked like a team that could dig results out,” Souness told Sky Sports.

“It was Chelsea, and I think Chelsea looked half a yard off the mark, but they still had a job to do, and it’s all about when you are playing against that has lots and lots of possession, you don’t go to sleep at any given time.

“They loaded up the midfield, and none of them did [go to sleep] at any time. They are shuffling across when the ball is continually being switched, someone might not come in close enough to their teammates and a gap develops, and I thought today they looked like a well organised, well-drilled side.”

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