Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth: Hosts claim comfortable win to boost top-four hopes


Mason Mount
Mason Mount marked his 150th Chelsea appearance with a goal

Chelsea boosted their top-four hopes as they resumed their Premier League season with a comfortable victory over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

Having failed to score in three consecutive matches prior to the break for the World Cup it took Chelsea less than 16 minutes to get up and running with Kai Havertz sliding in an effort at the back post from Raheem Sterling’s low cross.

With the hosts dominant, Mason Mount celebrated his 150th appearance for Chelsea in style, curling a superb effort into the bottom right corner of the Bournemouth net from the edge of the penalty area.

It drew a nod of satisfaction from manager Graham Potter who will have been delighted by the slick performance his side produced, particularly during the first half.

Christian Pulisic saw an effort ruled out after Havertz was judged to have fouled Adam Smith, while the German also spurned a second-half opportunity to extend Chelsea’s lead.

The only negative in Potter’s and Chelsea’s evening came with the earlier-than-planned withdrawal of Reece James, seven minutes into the second period, on his return from the knee injury that ruled him out of the England squad for Qatar.

The 23-year-old lay on the turf with his hands on his head before receiving treatment and eventually walking off unaided.

While the Cherries improved after the break, and substitute Ryan Christie forced home goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga into a good save, they rarely looked capable of applying any late pressure to the hosts.

The result sees Chelsea move up to eighth in the table, six points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham with Bournemouth remaining in 14th.

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Chelsea

  1. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga

  2. Squad number24Player nameJames

  3. Squad number26Player nameKoulibaly

  4. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  5. Squad number32Player nameCucurella

  6. Squad number20Player nameZakaria

  7. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  8. Squad number19Player nameMount

  9. Squad number17Player nameSterling

  10. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  11. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  1. Squad number9Player nameAubameyang

  2. Squad number14Player nameChalobah

  3. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

  4. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

AFC Bournemouth

  1. Squad number1Player nameTravers

  2. Squad number17Player nameStacey

  3. Squad number15Player nameA Smith

  4. Squad number25Player nameSenesi

  5. Squad number5Player nameKelly

  6. Squad number33Player nameZemura

  7. Squad number4Player nameL Cook

  8. Squad number8Player nameLerma

  9. Squad number29Player nameBilling

  10. Squad number9Player nameSolanke

  11. Squad number21Player nameMoore

  1. Squad number10Player nameChristie

  2. Squad number20Player nameDembélé

  3. Squad number32Player nameAnthony

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 24JamesSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 53′minutes
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 32Cucurella
  • 20ZakariaSubstituted forGallagherat 82′minutes
  • 5Jorginho
  • 19Mount
  • 17SterlingSubstituted forChalobahat 88′minutes
  • 29Havertz
  • 10PulisicSubstituted forAubameyangat 82′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Aubameyang
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 14Chalobah
  • 23Gallagher
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 30Chukwuemeka
  • 42Humphreys
  • 56Hutchinson
  • 67Hall

Bournemouth

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Travers
  • 17StaceySubstituted forAnthonyat 45′minutes
  • 15A Smith
  • 25Senesi
  • 5Kelly
  • 33Zemura
  • 4L Cook
  • 8Lerma
  • 29BillingSubstituted forChristieat 66′minutes
  • 9Solanke
  • 21MooreSubstituted forDembéléat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Stephens
  • 10Christie
  • 11Marcondes
  • 14Rothwell
  • 18Lowe
  • 20Dembélé
  • 22Pearson
  • 32Anthony
  • 45Plain

Referee:
Simon Hooper

Attendance:
40,046

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