Bournemouth 4 Chelsea 0
Chelsea’s Top 4 Chances Fading Fast
Once again Chelsea dominated possession but failed to find a breakthrough against a resolute Bournemouth defence with Artur Boruc, 39 next month, putting up a solid display in goal. In midfield David Brooks, Bournemouth’s £11.5M buy from Sheffield United, proved his class again with a fine 63rd minute goal. The former Manchester City trainee must be in line for the Barclays Premier League’s best new player of the season. Joshua King netted 2, in the 47th and 74th minutes, and substitute Charlie Daniels scored in the 5th minute of added time.
70% Possession to Nowhere!
This is the first time Chelsea have lost by a 4 goal margin since late September 1996 when Liverpool hammered them 5-1.Goals that day for Robbie Fowler, Patrick Berger (2), John Barnes and an Andy Myers own goal. Former French defender Frank Leboeuf, now 51 and an actor, replied from the spot for Chelsea. Chelsea fans are obviously not happy and a few voiced their concerns directly at stubborn manager Maurizio Sarri. He’s still persisting with playing N’Golo Kanté, out of position, and the ineffective Jorginho in Kanté’s position. No wonder the fans are scratching their heads.
The 31 year old Gonzalo Higuain, now deemed not good enough for Juventus and A.C Milan, made his Chelsea debut and lasted 65 minutes. He didn’t exactly look happy when the cameras focused on him just after his withdrawal. He looked more like a brooding Spanish matador. Chelsea needs goals and a Barclays Premier League proven goal poacher, someone like Charlie Austin, might have been a better option. He’s not done it on the big stage but if there’s action in the box he can do the business. Chelsea are now in big danger of missing out on a top 4 finish for the second season running.
Meanwhile David Brooks!
As the camera panned across to Bournemouth’s bench it picked up the youthful face of David Brooks sat behind his happy boss Eddie Howe. Brooks had left the action injured in the 68th minute. Chelsea needs someone like Brooks to help provide an end product to all their possession.