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Chelsea finally arrive home after flight from Greece cancelled due to bad weather putting West Ham preparation plans in chaos

Bad weather had forced Blues to stay at team hotel for another night following win over PAOK

Chelsea have finally arrived home, having been forced to stay in Greece for an extra night after their flight home was cancelled due to bad weather.

But the overnight delay has put a spanner in the works for their preparation plans ahead of Sunday’s clash with West Ham.

Maurizio Sarri's preparation plans for Sunday's game against West Ham have been plunged into crisis

Maurizio Sarri’s preparation plans for Sunday’s game against West Ham have been plunged into crisis


Chelsea were planning on returning back from their 1-0 Europa League win over PAOK on Thursday night.

But they instead had to stay another night at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Thessaloniki and only arrived back this afternoon.

Maurizio Sarri wanted his players back as soon as possible to prepare for the trip to West Ham.

His travel issues means the Chelsea boss has just 48 hours to get his Premier League leaders ready.

The Blues have won all six of their games in all competitions this season.

Sarri was expected to play a weakened side against PAOK – who are fourth in the Greek Superleague – but instead fielded a near full-strength team.

Willian scored the only goal of the game after seven minutes but the win was marred by injury to Pedro.

The winger was involved in a horror collision with PAOK keeper Alexandros Paschalakis and was taken off after being grounded for a few minutes.

Chelsea were forced to stay an extra night in Greece after beating PAOK

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Chelsea were forced to stay an extra night in Greece after beating PAOK

Sarri described his KO as “probably not very serious” but will now likely need to rethink his team to face West Ham.

He looks set to start Olivier Giroud up front after Alvaro Morata missed a number of chances in Greece.

The Italian said: “We were in control of the match for 90 minutes.

“We have had a lot of opportunities. We missed several.

“So I am really very happy with the three points, very happy with the performance, but I am not very happy with the result. When it is time to kill the match we have to kill the match.”

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