Another tough win.
Chelsea and Sarri continued their winning start to the season as we beat Bournemouth at home. The lineup was the same as the game against Newcastle although Willian started ahead of Pedro in a suspect decision.
The game was in some ways a carbon copy of the game against Newcastle as Bournemouth sit up with a back five and decided to defend and play on the counter. Chelsea had mostly all of the possession but creating chances and hitting shots on target continued to be our problem. Alonso managed to hit the post with a right footed shot in what was the highlight of the first half. The second half played out in much of the same way although Bournemouth missed a couple of chances to gain the lead on the counter and Ake particularly missed an exciting chance. Pedro and Giroud were brought on to create a larger threat and the substitutions seemed to work. Pedro broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute after some good play with Giroud and brilliant shot with his right foot. Hazard sealed the win the 85th minute after an interchange with Alonso and a cracking left footed finish. Four wins from four and we continue are winning streak.
Chelsea have continued to dominate the stats in possession as this game saw us have 73% of it, while we had 24 shots in total. Out of those 24 only 6 were on target and that remains our problem area. Against Newcastle we had 15 shots but only 3 on target, against Arsenal we had 24 shots but only 11 were on target, and against Huddersfield we had 13 shots but only 4 were on target. We are managing to win games but we need to start hitting the goal area with more frequency. Player wise Kepa continued to have nothing to do but his distribution was good, while the defence played well although I still feel Christensen should be starting ahead of David Luiz. The midfield was its brilliant self as Jorginho, Kante, and Kovacic worked together to create chances and break up Bournemouth. Hazard was amazing as usual, Morata did the simple things well but for games in which we are playing against a parked bus Giroud would be a better fit, and Willian should not start ahead of Pedro.
On to the international break and two weeks until we see Chelsea take on Cardiff, and the return of midweek football with the league cup and Europa League returning. COME ON CHELSEA!!!