Chelsea Dominate at Bournemouth

by - October 30, 2017

Saturday’s Premier League fixtures included Chelsea’s trip down to the south coast and an away match against Bournemouth. It is a trip which The Blues have enjoyed in the recent past having won on both previous visits to The Vitality Stadium in the Premier League.

And so it was the case here again. Chelsea dominated almost the entirety of the match and the biggest surprise was that the margin of victory was only 1-0 - Eden Hazard’s 51st minute strike giving the visitors all 3 points.

In was a match in which very fine lines prevented Alvaro Morata scoring a hat trick and Cesc Fabregas couldn’t convert a great chance late on. A set of chances which could have given the scoreline a fairer reflection of the visitors better play.

The Chelsea defence looked more purposeful and organised for so much more of the 90 minutes than in recent matches and the outcome was that the hosts failed to manage a shot on target until Steve Cook's effort in added time at the end of the match. Bournemouth were well organised and battled hard throughout the match. especially in the second half, but were unable to convert possession into chances. Even the reintroduction of Jermain Defoe to their starting line up had little effect as he only managed 8 touches of the ball in the first half, none in or very close to Chelsea’s penalty box. He was then sacrificed at half time as manager Eddie Howe adjusted his formation slightly in going for a more 2 striker attack. Bournemouth were marginally better at retaining the ball after this change but still rarely threatened Courtois in goal.

Other positive improvements for Chelsea will include Alonso’s ability to make further progress forward on the left flank than in the previous few matches, as both he and Bakayoko improved after managing to make the most of a full week’s rest. Bakayoko himself got stronger and more influential as the match wore on and his Bournemouth counter parts tired.

With the front 3 linking up well, especially Hazard looking at his devastating best, Antonio Conte will be encouraged by most of the performance, but it will be the first clean sheet in seven outings in all competitions that will have given the manager the most pleasure.

With the trip to Roma and a chance to almost guarantee qualification into the knock out stages of the Champions League on Tuesday, followed by the home Premier League match against Manchester United In the coming weekend, even Conte’s press conferences should have a more laid back feel and contain less media speculation.

Written by Jon Ellis, Chelsea FC home and away season ticket holder. Follow me on Twitter: @ClitheroeBlue

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