By Danny Wright
Diego Costa has said that West Ham have a huge disadvantage this season as their new home feels like a neutral stadium.
The Chelsea star scored a crucial second goal in his side’s 2-1 win over the Hammers on Monday night at the London Stadium.
West Ham have struggled to adapt to their move from Upton Park this season and have only won eight of their first 19 home matches there.
Chelsea were the latest team to win at the 2012 Olympic Stadium and after his match-winning goal the Spanish international said that although the Hammers are hard to play against, their fans are too far away from the pitch which lessens the atmosphere inside the ground.
“Here, they feel it a little, because they were used to that stadium for years. To come to a field of this size, with the crowd farther away, they can’t feel that heat and don’t have that precision.
“So I think that for us, or any other team that comes to play here, it’s a neutral field, because they’re not used to playing here, neither are we, so it’s a head-to-head match.”
Monday’s loss to Antonio Conte’s side meant that the Irons stayed in the bottom half of the Premier League table in 11th place.
Meanwhile Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the league to 10 points over second-placed Tottenham as they look on track to retain their crown after losing it to Leicester last season.
West Ham have a trip to the south coast in their next outing as they take on Bournemouth on Saturday.
Their next game at the London Stadium will follow a week later when they welcome the current champions Leicester, who have failed to win an away league game in 13 attempts this season.
In other West Ham news, David Sullivan has outlined his transfer plans for the club.