Dmitri Payet and West Ham reaching for the stars!
West Ham midfielder, Dmitri Payet, pulled the strings in the middle of the pitch, as the Hammers beat Chelsea 2-1 and go up to third place in the Premier League. The East London team took the lead in the 17th minute, when Mauro Zarate scored after a Payet corner had caused chaos in Chelsea's penalty area. Chelsea thought they had equalised, but goal-line technology showed that Adrian, the West Ham goalkeeper, had just stopped all of the ball from crossing the line. Things got even worse for Chelsea, when they had a goal disallowed for offside and then Nemanja Matic was given a red card just before half-time. Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, was also sent off at half-time for protesting to the referee. Chelsea equalised in the second half, through Gary Cahill, but West Ham had the last word. Payet played a fantastic ball to Aaron Cresswell, who crossed the ball for Andy Caroll to score with his head. This season is Chelsea's worst ever start in the Premier League (after 10 matches), but for West Ham things are looking much better - it's their best ever start to a Premier League season!
"He works hard and has proved himself in every game. Everyone likes Dmitri Payet." West Ham manager, Slaven Bilic.
It's a long way from the Indian Ocean!
Dmitri Payet was born on 29 March 1987 in Saint-Pierre on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Despite being nearly 10,000 kilometres from Paris and a 12 hour flight away, Reunion is an official region of France and is also part of the European Union and Euro. Payet's first football club, as a youth, was AS Saint-Pierre on Reunion, but when he was only 12 he moved to France to play in Le Havre's youth team. It wasn't a successful time and after four years he returned to Reunion. After a year back at home, Payet was given a second opportunity to play in France, with Nantes, and he took the opportunity with both hands. Over the following 10 years, Payet made 368 appearances in Ligue One for Nantes, Saint-Etienne, Lille and Marseille. In June 2015, Payet joined West Ham and in his first 10 games for the club has helped them to famous wins over Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of other famous French footballers that have made a big impression in the Premier League.
"Eric Cantona, David Ginola and Thierry Henry are inspirations. I’m just starting, but who’s to say, one day I might be at their level." Dmitri Payet
Who is this season's surprise package?
Each season there is usually a team that is called the 'surprise package' by commentators. Last season it was Southampton, who, for much of the season, challenged for the Champions League places before finally finishing seventh. In 2013/14, it was Everton who surprised everybody by finishing fifth. Back in 1993/94, it was Newcastle Utd who challenged for the title after only being promoted the previous season - they eventually finished third. This season there are three teams that are surprising bigger teams in the Premier League. West Ham are up to third place and are only two points behind Manchester City at the top. Leicester City are in fifth place and have only lost one match all season and Crystal Palace are in seventh and have also had some great wins this season.
Which team is going to be this season's surprise package? Where will they finish in the Premier League?
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What did you understand?
Did you know......?
- Dmitri Payet has created more chances in the Premier League than any other player this season?
- Payet has played 8 times for France.
- The French manager, Laurent Blanc, missed the World Cup Final in 1998 after getting a red card for hitting (now) West Ham manager, Slaven Bilic, in the semi-final against Croatia.
- West Ham scored their first goal against Chelsea in 467 minutes in this game.
- West Ham have won all three London derby matches they've played this season.
What do you think?
Dmitri Payet is part of a West Ham team that has had a lot of surprising results this season.
Do you think West Ham can finish in the top 4 of the Premier League?
What's the most surprising ever football result? Why?
When someone moves to another country, what do you think they find most surprising?