FRANK LAMPARD's side battled their way to a 2-2 draw against Valencia.
The Blues' six-game winning streak was ended by the champions at the Etihad, but Chelsea have their European fate in their own hands after an excellent point in Spain.
On the transfer front, speculation continues over Jadon Sancho's future after he started on the bench against Barcelona in Borussia Dortmund's Champions League defeat – with the Blues and Manchester United among those interested.
Follow all the latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford Bridge below…
TAMMY ABRAHAM and Antonio Rudiger are out of today's derby with West Ham.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard revealed Abraham will not be fit due to a hip injury he picked up against Valencia.
Michy Batshuayi will take his place up front.
Defender Rudiger is still not ready, lacking match fitness, but is set to return next week.
But Lamps is confident Batshuayi can shoot down the struggling Hammers, the Chelsea boss' old side.
He said: “It’s not easy when you’re not playing so many minutes as you want. With Tammy’s form, it’s meant he’s played a lot, but that can obviously change now Tammy has his injury.
“I’ve seen a great work ethic, and a persistence in how he works and a consistency, and his quality.”
DECLAN RICE and Mason Mount are so close even their girlfriends think they love each other more than them.
And England team-mates believe the two are joined at the hip, dubbing them “Dumb and Dumber”.
But all feelings will be banished to the backs of their minds today when two of the country’s brightest young talents clash on the pitch for the first time as pros.
West Ham midfielder Rice will be the man charged with stopping Mount from being Chelsea’s creative force when the London rivals go square up at Stamford Bridge.
But that didn’t stop the pair linking up this week to rekindle memories of a friendship that stretches back to when they were eight and promises to endure the tests of time.
See more of our exclusive interview here https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/10453342/mason-mount-declan-rice-chelsea-west-ham-england-dumb-dumber-video/.
Ex-CHELSEA midfielder Cesc Fabregas has given his support to former team-mate Antonio Rudiger, who is edging closer back to a return to fitness at Stamford Bridge.
Rudiger has seen his season plagued by injury so far this season and he’s managed just one first-team appearance for the Blues, which was back in September against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Germany defender, 26, has seen his season plagued by injury so far this season and he managed just one first-team appearance for the Blues, which was back in September against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He is working his way back from injuryat present and has had to watch from the sidelines as Frank Lampard's young side have impressed on the pitch.
Lamps confirmed on Friday that Rudiger is “getting closer” to a return and that’s he is undergoing his own mini pre-season.
Rudiger posted on his official instagram account a picture of himself in training, which sparked a respond from Fabregas.
“Come on my man. Your time is coming,” Fabregas responded.
JOSE MOURINHO says £25million recruitRyan Sessegnon is ‘not ready to play’ in Tottenham’s defence – but can be as good as Chelsea legend Ashley Cole.
Mourinho tried to sign Sessegnon when he was manager at Manchester United.
Former boss Mauricio Pochettino signed him from neighbours Fulham in the summer.
The teenage left-back has made two brief appearances and was injured at the start of the signing.
Mourinho said:“Ryan has lots of similarities with Ashley, and he can learn how to defend. In the future I think he can be [a left-back] but in this moment he is not ready to play as a left-back.”
FRANK LAMPARD has given his support to axed Arsenal boss Unai Amery – but knows it is all part of the job.
Ex-Juventus boss Max Allegri has been linked with the Gunners job.
Chelsea boss Lamps admitted he was getting used to surprises in the Prem after the sackings of Emery and Mauricio Pochettino in the last fortnight.
He said: “We're used to a few surprises, especially in the last few weeks.
“It's not nice I know the job, I work hard here and everyone wants to be successful. You have a work ethic and an idea, and it doesn't always go the way you want it, and clubs then make a decision.
“We're all in that category. It's a shame because from the outside he looks like a man who gave everything in the role, and he moves on.”
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