A Thomas Tuchel comment will have West Ham striker Michail Antonio licking his lips ahead of the Chelsea clash on Sunday.
West Ham head to rivals Chelsea for a big London derby on Sunday with much to play for.
Chelsea find themselves in a difficult situation mentally with the FA Cup final now their only chance of silverware this season.
The Blues are more or less guaranteed third spot in the Premier League and were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid last week.
Tuchel’s side have put in some Jekyll and Hyde performances of late. And the same can be said of West Ham who are now struggling to maintain performance levels between the Europa League and domestically.
A case in point is last week when West Ham’s amazing 3-0 away win at Lyon – which set up a semi-final against German side Eintracht Frankfurt – was followed by a 1-1 draw at home to Burnley.
That result – and a 2-0 defeat at Brentford the week before – has seriously dented West Ham’s push for the European places.
So David Moyes’s side will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they face a potentially out of sorts Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Both West Ham and Chelsea have problems with their star strikers with the goals having badly dried up for Romelu Lukaku and Michail Antonio.
Hammers boss Moyes will be desperately hoping his only senior striker Antonio can get back on the goal trail having not scored in the league since New Year’s Day.
Well a Tuchel comment will have West Ham striker Antonio licking his lips ahead of the Chelsea clash.
Antonio recently named Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger as one of the toughest opponents he has faced.
Speaking on his Footballer’s Football Podcast earlier this season, Antonio said he finds it difficult playing against ‘tough and quick’ Rudiger.
Thomas Tuchel comment will have West Ham striker Michail Antonio licking his lips ahead of Chelsea clash
So Tuchel’s comment ruling Rudiger OUT of the West Ham game will surely have Antonio licking his lips at the prospect of ending his goal drought.
Speaking after the 4-2 defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night, Tuchel confirmed to The Evening Standard that Rudiger has a groin injury that ‘does not look good’ and says he won’t face West Ham.
Antonio will clearly be relieved he does not have to face Rudiger.
And he must take advantage of the situation if West Ham are to get a positive result at Stamford Bridge with the top six still a realistic aim for the Hammers.
A Chelsea side leaking goals and without their best defender offers Antonio a great chance to end his woeful run.