The home tie against the Cherries last season was one of the games that signalled the near-end of Antonio Conte’s reign, and also reflected the gloom that had enveloped the club. At the final whistle, many Blues supporters could hardly believe that the final scoreline was 3-0 in favour of Bournemouth.
How on earth we deteriorated so bad to lose heavily at home to an average team that wouldn’t even cost up to half the total transfer fee of the Chelsea team was fan’s wildest thought. The lack of incisiveness, urgency and directness in our play gave the Howe’s team the belief that they could get a result. Certainly they did after some horrendous defensive errors on display by Chelsea that gifted them all three goals. That game also contributed to Chelsea missing out on Champions League qualification for this season.
Undoubtedly, Maurizio Sarri must have digested the video clips of our games against Bournemouth, including last season’s disastrous home game. As a coach famed for being meticulous in his preparation for games – his use of video-analysis, attention to details and scouting of the opposition team to know their strengths and weaknesses would be valuable.
It’s obvious that the Italian would not entertain a repeat of last season’s drubbing. Our home game against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth this weekend is another tough game to test our resolve to sustain our perfect start to the season, and also our ability to win against stubborn opponents. Unlike Rafael Benitez’s defensive Newcastle team, the Bournemouth coach loves to set up his team playing expansive football. If Sarri and Chelsea intend to record another win this weekend, then we must look to control the game from start to finish – take the game to Howe’s side, be prolific in front of goal by taking our chances as they come, and also by displaying an error-free performance. It is all or nothing in this game.
Let’s hope for the best. #KTBFFH#Cheers!