It was a well-contested game between Chelsea and Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge as both Maurizio Sarri and Eddie Howe renewed friendship and also went head to head against each other in over 90 minutes of football action. At the end, the Blues deservedly beat the Cherries 2-0 as late goals from Pedro Rodriguez and Eden Hazard won all three points for Sarri and Chelsea.
Here are 3 talking points from the game:
CHELSEA SUSTAIN PERFECT START TO THE SEASON:
Heading into Match day 4, Chelsea were just one of the remaining seven unbeaten teams in the league, so the onus was the team to sustain our perfect start to the season. Prior to kickoff, this was a game largely seen as a banana-skin game that could see Chelsea drop points for the first time this season. In fact, if Sarri and Chelsea needed a reminder of the stuff Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side are made of, then a video replay of last season’s capitulation was enough. Despite attempts to play on the counter attack to catch Chelsea’s marauding fullbacks and highline defence, Bournemouth were just a bridge too far from causing an upset. At the end, goals from Pedro and Hazard displayed Sarri’s fortune in firepower. That was enough to sustain our perfect start to the season.
SARRI’S STYLE HAS GIVEN CHELSEA A NEW SWAGGER:
Chelsea’s appointment of Maurizio Sarri in the summer raised eyebrows as the Italian was yet to win a single laurel in his almost 15 years managerial career. Surprisingly, the Italian was hired by Roman Abramovich not for trophy success, but for his brand of football dubbed ‘Sarri-ball’. The dynamics of his preferred style was on little offer during preseason as even Sarri himself urged for patience, and declared that it would take two to three months for the football world to see his team play in his philosophy. Now, it’s four games into the new season, and Chelsea are already showing real signs of Sarri-ball. In all four games so far, the team have dominated our opponents, and particularly in the Newcastle game, we set a league record 81% game possession. That’s good flavor for all Chelsea fans. Against Bournemouth, it was the same as Chelsea had 73% possession compared to Howe’s side 27%, and with the team creating 24 chances with 6 on target, while the Cherries had 8 chances with just a single effort on target. Chelsea new swagger is gradually lifting the club into the realms of possibility.
CHELSEA SHOW THE STRUT OF SERIAL WINNERS:
The theme of Sarri’s Chelsea team is the display of a unique fighting spirit and the strut of serial winners. In our last three games, scoring the game’s winner after the 75 minute has become a habit. Marcos Alonso’s winner against Arsenal, the forced Yedlin own-goal against Newcastle, and two delicious goals by Pedro and Hazard against Bournemouth has helped to see off opposition teams. While scoring early goals help to relax nerves and build on a lead, our finding a way to win and scoring late goals might just be the magic that wins and saves us points this season.
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!