Kai Havertz earns Chelsea controversial win as West Ham rue disallowed goal | Premier League

This was one of those afternoons when, for Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel, any win would do. They duly got it despite a laboured performance and now that their extravagant transfer business has been completed they can feel justified in plugging the line that the season starts here.

The most slow-burning of affairs ended in near-chaos and with West Ham fuming at the disallowing of what seemed a perfectly good equaliser from Maxwel Cornet.

Kai Havertz had only just put Chelsea ahead, volleying in smartly at the near post after a fine cross from fellow substitute Ben Chilwell, when Édouard Mendy…

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