It was a difficult night for Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium, as Maurizio Sarri’s side slumped to an incredible 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth with a brace from Josh King, with David Brooks and Charlie Daniels one apiece.
Chelsea were expected to have an easy win, but with this defeat, Chelsea have now failed to score in three successive away matches for the first time since 2002.
Chelsea have now dropped out of a Champions League spot as we have same points and goal difference with Arsenal, but the Gunners have scored ten more goals than Chelsea.
This is only the second time in the history of the Premier League that Chelsea have lost a game by a four-goal margin. The last time this happened was a 5-1 loss to Liverpool in September 1996.
It was a difficult night for new signing Gonzalo Higuian as he was unable to get a sniff on goal due to Chelsea’s style of play.
Higuain failed to have a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes despite his team having over 70 percent possession and five shots in total. His 25 touches in the opening half was comfortably the lowest of Chelsea’s outfield performers – Emerson had the second-fewest with 44.
It only got worse in the second half as none of Higuain’s runs were spotted by his teammates. The argentine didn’t have an impact on the game, and of the 22 starting players (29) on the pitch he had the least touches and even failed to have a shot on target or any effort for that matter. He didn’t create a chance, complete a dribble or win an aerial duel and was subbed off after the hour mark.
It is evident that beyond a striker, Sarri-ball just isn’t working, as the team rely on individual performance to win games and not team cohesion.
By the time Higuain was taken off, it took Bournemouth about two minutes to register another goal, as Chelsea fans booed the manager.
Chelsea fans were disappointed to see Higuain leave the pitch as a chorus of boos went up from the Chelsea end after Higuain’s name was read out by the PA announcer followed swiftly by a rendition of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ towards the beleaguered man in the dugout.