Thomas Tuchel admits that it is a “huge joy” to watch West Ham play as his Chelsea side prepare to travel to the London Stadium on Saturday.
The Blues will be aiming to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table when they come to east London to take on the Irons.
The Hammers, by comparison, are aiming to bounce back after two defeats and a draw, with David Moyes’ men looking to put some space between the top four and the chasing pack.
Tuchel admits that he has been blown away by the Irons at times as they put together an exceptional run last season to go within two points of qualifying for the Champions League.
With the Irons now playing Europa League football, and topping their group, Tuchel accepts that his Chelsea side face a huge challenge to take all three points this weekend.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, as per Football.London, he said: “They almost got there last season and have been fighting the whole season for these plays.
“They show a huge solidarity, always a huge joy to watch their games. They did not have too many changes, play as a team and do what they do very good.
“They deserve to be there, they play strong in Europe, it is a tough match and a tough team to play against but it is also tough to play against us.”