West Ham United defender Winston Reid is confident his side can cause an upset and become the second team to beat Chelsea this season, commenting on the difference between the side of this season and last season.
The Hammers travel to Stamford Bridge for their Boxing Day fixture and Reid has said the side will set their stall out to be difficult to beat backing the side’s momentum to give them a chance of a positive result.
“It's always going to be tough playing against those two teams, there's no doubt about it. But we've done ever so well up until now and so we're going to try our best to make sure it continues,” Reid told the West Ham website.
“We'll set up a foundation and adopt a tactic for the game. It's not going to be easy but we're not going to go there and be afraid. We'll do our best and see how far it can take us.”
West Ham were one of the only teams to take anything away from Stamford Bridge last season because of the stubborn way they defended in a 0-0 draw.
They battled hard and left Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho frustrated, which prompted his comments about the Hammers playing 13th Century football.
Reid sees it as the team’s job to make things just as difficult for Chelsea, with a clean sheet making it possible for West Ham to snatch what would be a famous victory.
“I think we're always working on clean sheets to a certain degree. Obviously, as a defender, you always like to keep a clean sheet. Fortunately, this year we're scoring goals left, right and centre.”
“To be fair, Saturday wasn't the best we've played, but we've got goalscorers up top. That's probably the difference between this season and last. It's a sign that we're good a team and we've got the clean sheet as well.”
West Ham have played superbly to this point in the season and no one can fault the signings that were made by Sam Allardyce during the summer transfer window.
However, these are the real tests for the Hammers if they are serious about staying in the top four over the second half of the campaign.
If West Ham can play well and get something at Chelsea, they can play effectively at any stadium in the country and against any team and a positive result will give them plenty of confidence moving forward.