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Chelsea dispatch stubborn Bournemouth 2-0, Pedro and Hazard rescue Sarri

Chelsea dispatch stubborn Bournemouth 2-0, Pedro and Hazard rescue Sarri

Maurizio Sarri's charges were dominating possession after 20 minutes and pressing the visitors high up the pitch but they were yet to get clear chances, while Eddie Howe's men were starting to get chances on the break after half-an-hour with Chelsea's dominance waning.

Speaking to the BBC after the game, Maurizio Sarri reflected: "I'm really very happy with my players".

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri considers Marcos Alonso to be the best left-back in Europe and sees no reason why he can not become the world's finest in his chosen position.

The 27-year-old had more playing opportunities under Conte, only after he was converted to a right wing-back, but is behind Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro in Sarri's pecking order of wingers in the new season. I think it's very hard to recover this gap in only one season.

Howe included Jefferson Lerma, the Colombia World Cup player signed for a club record fee of £25 million ($32 million) from Levante, and left-back Diego Rico for their Bournemouth debuts and switched to a back three to contain Chelsea's threat.

He said: "I think very well of Bournemouth. They are well organised, they are unsafe in counter-attacks, so the match will be very hard for us, but we want to be in control of the match, and try to gain points", he added. In the first half, the situation was hard.

Chelsea had been frustrated; Luiz's searching balls narrowly failed to find runners in behind the Bournemouth defence and Marcos Alonso's bouncing shot clattered off the post.

"The gap at the beginning was 30 points". We did that, a lot of blocks, really good defensive play and we had the best chances until their goals.

"Cesc is still out", Sarri said during his pre match press conference, via the Daily Star. Giroud is no more the solution to Chelsea's striker problems, but his superior all-round contribution against stubborn opponents means Sarri faces a big decision.

"Alvaro is improving. Maybe he needs more space, but I am lucky because, in this situation, Giroud is very useful".


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