The game: 2-0
Chelsea restarted on Tuesday. The Blues, who remained on three defeats in a row in the Championship, dominated a team from Bournemouth who never really worried them. More aggressive, more technically accurate and sharper with the ball, Graham Potter’s players mastered the game, despite a few lapses in concentration, to win 2-0.
Kai Havertz gave a first thrill on the goal of Mark Travers (7th), before quickly finding the fault. In four passes, the Blues crossed 60 meters, to Raheem Sterling, right side, who offered the German a jewel of a low center to open the scoring (12th). The Londoners then took the game in hand to double the bet by Mason Mount, ten minutes later (22nd). Returning late from the World Cup, the Englishman lodged his flat foot in the small net from the entrance to the surface (24th). At 2-0, against an apathetic Bournemouth team, the mass seemed to be over, or almost.
Almost because Thiago Silva scared his partners. Twice in three minutes, the former Parisian was feverish, with risky reminders which could have proved dangerous (41st, 44th). This did not prevent his team from continuing to sting on the other side of the field, with a goal disallowed for Christian Pulisic because of a charge from Havertz on a defender (44th).
This is Chelsea’s first victory against Bournemouth in official competition since 2018. The Cherries remained on a draw and two victories against the Londoners, including a slap in 2019 (4-0).
The changeover was made on returning from the locker room, for what appears to be the big downside of the evening. Reece James, excellent in the right lane next to Raheem Sterling for his return from injury and when he had missed the World Cup, relapsed. Hit in the knee, the side asked to be replaced, to the ovation of Stamford Bridge (52nd).
The Blues then eased off and let the Bournemouth players out of their camp. On yet another bad raise, the Cherries even had the opportunity to close the gap, by Ryan Christie, but Kepa Arrizabalaga was vigilant (79th). If they never managed to kill the suspense despite opportunities for Sterling, Koulibaly or Gallagher, the Blues can be satisfied with a controlled meeting and in particular a first hour of high-level play.
With this success, Chelsea are 6 points behind Tottenham, fourth with a game lead. Bournemouth, on the other hand, is starting to look back, while the team in which actor Michael B. Jordan has invested, present in the stands, is 3 points behind Wolverhampton, the first relegation player.
Player: Mason Mount
Returning last week after being eliminated from the World Cup by France (2-1), Mason Mount was everywhere on Tuesday. The attacking midfielder weighed on the meeting by his choices, which were almost always correct, and his ability to create shifts with the ball at the foot or through the pass. Involved on the first goal, he is at the origin and at the conclusion of the second to conclude a high-flying performance.