Emotional Chelsea tribute to Ray Wilkins in pre-match against West Ham

Dean Simpson
April 10, 2018

Chelsea were booed off at full-time and, asked if they could still make the top four, Conte said: "I don't know. I don't know what we can change".

ANTONIO CONTE is "bored" of cursing his wasteful Chelsea side.

"We are not clinical. We will try to win it but the cup will not save our season". We are talking about improving, improving, improving.

'I think the way he supported and loved the club was fantastic and, as well as a minute's applause, I think winning the game would be the best way to say thanks to him and his family for everything he has done for Chelsea. "They create chances, they are ready to suffer and win the game". Otherwise, if you score only once, you stay in balance - especially in England - and anything can happen to the end. Other teams in the league are more clinical. This is the truth.

West Ham, now six points clear of the relegation zone, were ecstatic to escape with a point despite a largely limp display.

But it was a disappointing conclusion to a miserable week for Chelsea, who were mourning the death of their former star Ray Wilkins.

Wilkins, who died at 61 of a cardiac arrest, was most known for his time at Chelsea as a player before coming back as an assistant coach.

Whilst Chelsea were preparing for their latest challenge against West Ham with three important points on the line in the Premier League, the club shared an emotional tribute for Ray Wilkins in the build-up to the game.

Super Eagles forward Victor Moses featured for Chelsea and went close on a few occasions before he was replaced by Pedro Rodriguez on 77 minutes.

As well as showering goalkeeper Joe Hart with praise following a number of crucial saves, West Ham manager David Moyes, who described the manner in which Chelsea scored as "poxy", also lauded the predatory instincts of Hernandez.

It was only a temporary reprieve for West Ham as Conte's men took a 36th-minute lead from the resulting short corner.

All those near-misses came back to haunt Chelsea in the 73rd minute.

Skipper Gary Cahill paid tribute in his column in Chelsea's match programme.

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