Rio Ferdinand has admitted that Arthur Masuaku’s late goal for West Ham against Chelsea at the London Stadium left him very delighted.

The former Hammers centre-back watched his old team secure a 3-2 win over the Blues on Saturday (4 December), and he has revealed on his YouTube account that he loved the victory more as the opposition fans had bantered him all game.

David Moyes found themselves behind twice, but the left-back left it late to hand them all three points, leaving Chelsea and their supporters dejected.

He said on Rio Ferdinand Presents Five: “What a game, by the way. The biggest thing for me, by the way, all the West Ham fans, that atmosphere when the team are playing the way they are. It’s not the same as Upton Park. It never would be, but it’s becoming a place you walk in, and you go, “wow”.

“If I’m an opposition player, you’ve got to the honest and say these fans are getting behind their team. I worried that they were never going to get to that point, but it showed you that if you’ve got a team and the team produced, they can push the fans over the line where it gets to that point where it becomes a real real hotbed.

“I had some good banters with the Chelsea fans as well. The Chelsea fans, they give me stick everywhere I go. They were singing some songs. Football banter, and I turned around and I gave them a little bit back, and as soon as West Ham scored, I was going bananas.

“As soon as West Ham scored with minutes to go, a lot of them started leaving, so I was just pointing, “get home safe, get out of here now, get out of here early, I need you to go”. It was funny. It’s good banter. I love it.”

Sweet revenge

Chelsea fans do not like Ferdinand a bit, and they were not going to let go of a chance to get at him after he came to support the Hammers.

Unfortunately, he had the last laugh in the end after a hard-fought win from the hosts, and it is not a game he is going to forget anytime soon.

Thomas Tuchel’s side headed into the clash as league leaders, but they found themselves in third position at the end of the weekend, with West Ham strengthening their position in fourth place.

The Irons had lost to Wolves and Manchester City after action resumed after November’s international break, while a late equaliser from Brighton robbed them of all three points last week.

Not many could have predicted a win for them against a Chelsea side that boasted of the best defence after 14 games, but the London Stadium outfit had other ideas.

Wins against Liverpool and the Blues have shown that the Hammers are no pushovers, and they showed why they are credible top-four challengers with weekend’s win. Ferdinand would have been very proud.

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