An own-goal from Bournemouth defender Smith, a lovely Hazard goal and a brilliant Alonso free-kick helped Chelsea beat Bournemouth 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
Here are five things we learned from the game
1. CHELSEA ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP A CLEAN SHEET
Chelsea yet again conceded against Bournemouth and this is the 9th Premier League game in a row Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet. One of the hallmarks of our season was a brilliant attack accompanied by a tight defence. Hope we get it right at the back against Manchester United on Sunday.
2. CHELSEA SHOWED WE CAN HANDLE PRESSURE
Tottenham defeated Watford in the early kick-off on Saturday, reducing the gap to four points and putting the pressure on Chelsea before our game against Bournemouth. Chelsea responded brilliantly as we showed we could handle the pressure. The likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool all failed to get a win at Vitality Stadium but Chelsea produced a performance of champions by winning Bournemouth 3-1.
3. NOTHING SEEMS TO WORK FOR COSTA AT THE MOMENT
Chelsea striker Diego Costa failed to find the back of the night against Bournemouth and this was the fourth Premier League game in a row he has failed to score. Nothing seemed to work for Costa against Bournemouth as he misplaced several passes and couldn’t get his shot on target. On the positive side, his poorly-kicked shot deflected off Smith for Chelsea’s first goal.
4. ALONSO NEEDS TO TAKE MORE FREE-KICKS FOR CHELSEA
Chelsea left wingback Marcos Alonso scored a brilliant free-kick in the win against Bournemouth. He scored on his fourth attempt with two of his previous three hitting the woodwork. Alonso should be our designated free-kick taker for free-kicks at the right-hand side.
5. HAZARD LOVES PLAYING AGAINST BOURNEMOUTH
It seems the name Bournemouth always spurs Chelsea magician Eden Hazard. Hazard’s goal against Bournemouth was his fourth in his last three appearances against Bournemouth. Hazard revealed after the game that he always knew he will score against Bournemouth.