Chelsea legend explains why Bournemouth game is a must win for Chelsea

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Chelsea play host to Bournemouth on Saturday evening, and it’s a game that the Blues must win, with the race for top four now intense.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has warned that the Blues cannot afford slip-ups anymore now that Tottenham and Manchester United are looking revived.

The Blues have lost three of their last four league games, and Nevin is urging the club to beat struggling Bournemouth and also go on a winning run themselves.

He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Spurs have finally rediscovered their mojo after an impotent final period under Mauricio Pochettino. Jose will get them organised, there is no doubt of that and similarly up in Manchester, Ole Gunner Solskjaer has instilled more verve in United’s play than they have had for a couple of years.

“In short, we have a little gap over both of them in the league but it is absolutely my expectation that they will both have better second halves to their seasons than their first halves.

“A win against a currently ‘struggling’ Bournemouth is critical for us to have some breathing space from the chasing pack in race for the top four come the New Year. The slip ups to the similarly ‘struggling’ Everton and West Ham highlight that anything less than full concentration will not be enough, especially as the Cherries haven’t had an energy sapping Champions League game to get over this week. There haven’t been many easy games this season and this probably will not be one either.”

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