Chelsea dispatch stubborn Bournemouth 2-0, Pedro and Hazard rescue Sarri

01 September, 2018, 22:19 | Author: Norman Carr
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The former Crystal Palace star is however yet to start a game for the Blues this season and failed to make the match day squad for last Sunday's 2-1 away win against Newcastle United at the St James' Park.

After finishing outside of the top four in the Premier League last season, Chelsea were forced to settle for Europa League football instead of the Champions League this season. They could also have been behind, had Wilson and Ake been more clinical.

"Alonso I think at the moment in this position, left-back, he is maybe the best in Europe", said Chelsea's head coach.

The Cherries were showing signs of danger in the closing minutes but they could not get the momentum and the Blues claimed their fourth straight win in the Premier League.

"The first half, the situation was hard". Chelsea though, are nearly at full strength.

The Spain striker won fewer than half his 16 duels and touched the ball only 11 times before being taken off for Giroud, who played a role in helping Pedro score Chelsea's first. Luckily for Chelsea, he could only divert Sergio Rico's pinpoint cross wide.


"I asked him, 'Why Empoli?' and he told me he was studying all the little clubs in Italy and France at the time, and he was impressed with Empoli".

By contrast, the link play of his replacement Olivier Giroud put Morata to shame and created the decisive opening for Pedro. "It's so much money for a young player".

Sarri believes there could be even more to come, with the 27-year-old having contributed one goal and two assists to the Chelsea cause in 2018-19.

But Bournemouth sought to nullify Chelsea with a back five, crowding the central areas and funnelling possession to the flanks.

Things didn't go as smoothly in the Italian's second season, and after months of speculation, he was finally relieved of his duties and replaced by his compatriot Maurizio Sarri. Beyond the big six - and perhaps Marco Silva's new-look Everton - there appears to be parity.

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