5 Things we learned as Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-1

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The Blues came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 in an entertaining friendly game at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday.

All the goals came in the second half. Having gone behind to a header from Emiliano Marcondes, the Blues reaponded with goals from Armando Broja and Ike Ugbo.

Here are 5 things we learned from the game:

1 Tuchel still likes the 3-4-3 formation

One of the most notable changes Thomas Tuchel made when he replaced Frank Lampard as manager was to switch to the 3-4-3 formation.

The formation made the Blues solid at the back which was key as we won the Champions League, reached the FA Cup final and finished in the top four.

Tuchel had been experimenting the 4-2-2-2 with the Blues during preseason but it seems the 3-4-3 will still be his first choice.

2 Tuchel still sees Hudson-Odoi as a wing-back

Tuchel has mostly played Callum Hudson-Odoi as a wing-back since he became Chelsea boss in January and that continued against Bournemouth on Tuesday.

The youngster will definitely prefer playing upfront as part of the front three but it seems he has to perfect the wing-back role if he wants to play more under Tuchel.

3 Tammy Abraham missed his chance to impress

Abraham barely played for Chelsea following the arrival of Tuchel and the game against Bournemouth was the perfect game for the striker to show the German boss that he should be trusted.

Abraham started the game against Bournemouth but was later withdrawn after missing a number of chances in the first half.

4 Ziyech looked lively

Hakim Ziyech is a man on a mission after falling down the pecking order under Tuchel last season.

The Moroccan international continued his impressive preseason form with a good performance against Bournemouth.

There were the deft touches and pinpoint switches of play we are used to seeing but he also rushed his final ball on more than one occasion.

5 Danny Drinkwater isn’t finished

Danny Drinkwater’s Chelsea career hasn’t gone as planned, with the 31 year old midfielder failing to make a competitive appearance for Chelsea in three years.

Drinkwater started in midfield against Bournemouth alongside Conor Gallagher and he did exactly what was expected of him.

Drinkwater won the ball back when he needed to, took it from the defenders when they tried to play out and was always willing to hand it off to those ahead of him or on the flanks.

He spent the second half of the 2020-21 season on loan at Kasimpasa in Turkey but, if he can continue this form over the next few weeks, there is no reason why he can’t win a Premier League move or stick around at Stamford Bridge as a fringe player.

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