Have Chelsea fans got it right with new West Ham taunts

West Ham United fans

Fans of West Ham United and Chelsea don't need much of an excuse to have a pop at one another.

West Ham and Chelsea fans clash after the matchWest Ham and Chelsea fans clash earlier this season

There is no love lost between the London rivals as evidenced by the trouble which marred West Ham's win over the Blues in the EFL Cup earlier this season.

Antonio Conte's side are seemingly on the march towards another Premier League title after their 2-1 win over the Hammers restored a 10-point lead at the top of the table on Monday night.

West Ham have put their struggles this season behind and are now left sitting comfortably in midtable, but with little more to play for than pride for the remainder of the campaign.

It has been a season of adjustment and emotions running high for supporters following the big move from their beloved Boleyn Ground home of 112 years to the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium.

Infighting, trouble with opposing fans, security concerns, problems with policing and stewarding, the huge gaps around the pitch and between the stands as well as a lack of that famously intimidating Upton Park atmosphere have driven a wedge between sections of supporters and the club's owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

Many have taken umbrage with vice-chairman Karren Brady - who led the move to the new ground where West Ham are only tenants - and accuse her of trying to rebrand the club.

Plenty enjoy their new surroundings but others do not like what they see as a soulless bowl with a sterile atmosphere and feel.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their first goalChelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring against the Hammers on Monday night

So when Chelsea fans chanted "You're not West Ham anymore" during their comfortable win on Monday night, it touched a nerve with many of the home support - 52,000 of whom signed up for season tickets this term.

Nothing new in one set of fans winding up their rivals.

But has it raised the issue of West Ham losing their identity.

General view outside the stadium before the match
	hammersosGeneral view outside the stadium

The club no longer owns its own ground and a large section of supporters don't like their new home.

Upton Park encapsulated so much about the club and was intrinsically linked to the very fibre of West Ham United in the way only a handful of cult clubs are.

While the chants from the Chelsea fans are a extremely rich coming from a club who are quite literally unidentifiable from their pre-Roman Abramovich days, the problem this time is that a large section of West Ham fans agree...

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