BRIAN DEAR hailed Mark Noble's important influence on West Ham United and urged the Hammers to back up Sunday's win at Everton with another honest display against Premier League leaders, Chelsea, this weekend.
West Ham ended a 11-game run of conceding against Chelsea at home in the league when they won 1-0 in December - they last kept successive clean sheets at home versus the Blues in August 1969.
His flawless start will be fully-tested at West Ham, however, after they appeared to turn a corner at Everton. The Europa League and Carabao Cup have created a busy schedule for the Blues, who faced their toughest away match in Europe and see a cup trip to Liverpool after they face West Ham.
"Chelsea have a lot of quality but if we play with the same intensity and concentration as we did against Everton, then who knows?"
Arnautovic - if fit - must pose a threat once more up front, Yarmolenko and Anderson must prove as clinical and precise as they were at Everton, while Rice must put in an equally as disciplined performance if they are to win their first home game of the season. You can tell in the game, we play with more possession and have more fun and win five games in a row.
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The 31-year-old insists that West Ham have a good squad and need to make sure they can keep winning at the London Stadium.
David Moyes secured West Ham's season by clogging up the midfield and backline with bodies, but West Ham's team under Pellegrini has not been reinforced with bodies who suit this style.
And Pellegrini said: "Well of course, it is impossible to start better than Chelsea have!" I am very happy at Chelsea. But Marko Arnautovic gave West Ham a two-goal cushion again after finishing off a fine move in the 60th minute on Merseyside.
That performance was the catalyst for a return to the Champions League final, but the seasoned professionals of Real Madrid were too savvy on the big stage and got the job done 3-1.