West Ham kept a clean sheet without Issa Diop and now he faces a battle to get back into the team.

Diop’s suspension meant that Manuel Pellegrini was forced into making a defensive change. Fabian Balbuena partnered Angelo Ogbonna at the back to keep a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.

Without Diop, the Hammers nullified a free-scoring Chelsea side. Aaron Cresswell’s goal ensured all three points headed from West London to East London.

Diop to miss out at Wolves?

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Balbuena and Ogbonna have not played together all too often but they formed a formidable partnership at the back. The Paraguayan and the Italian did enough to block Chelsea’s attacks – especially when they were chasing the game at the end.

Diop has been a regular under Pellegrini since his summer 2018 move from Toulouse. The 22-year-old Frenchman is usually a guaranteed starter alongside either Balbuena or Ogbonna.

West Ham fans now think that Diop will struggle to get back into the team. With a tough test against Wolves coming up, Balbuena and Ogbonna should retain their starting spots. Here are some tweets about the situation.

 
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