- Nikolas Jackson and Raheem Sterling were stopped by the goal frame, and Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto also produced some excellent saves to stop Conor Gallagher, Levi Colwill, and substitute Cole Palmer.
- However, Robert Sanchez made some outstanding saves in both half to protect our clean sheet during an exciting but ultimately fruitless match against the Cherries, who also had their share of chances.
- Prior to the international break, Mautivio Pochettino made two alterations to the Chelsea lineup that faced Nottingham Forest in our loss. Both Mykhailo Mudryk and Lesley Ugochukwu received their first starts in the Premier League this season. Due to a knee injury received during a midweek match for Ecuador, Moises Caicedo was unable to participate at all. Youngsters Ronnie Stutter, Alex Matos, and Alfie Gilchrist were on the bench.
- On a gloomy, windy afternoon in Dorset, Chelsea—wearing our brand-new Eton Blue third kit—created a promising opportunity within the first three minutes. Jackson and Mudryk had an excellent combination, albeit the former’s cross was a little difficult for captain Gallagher to guide on goal.
- More fantastic passing between Mudryk and Jackson gave the Senegalese space, and while Neto was having trouble, their low shot from the edge of the D hit the outside of the post.
- At the 20-minute mark, as the Cherries worked a free-kick short, Sanchez made his finest stop in a Chelsea jersey to date, extending out to deny Dango Ouattara from close range.
- Clear chances were few over the remainder of the first half as it became scrappier. After Mudryk’s ball reached Gallagher from a distance of ten yards, Gallagher was given the best opportunity. This time, however, it was Neto’s turn to shine as he defended our captain by immediately diving to his right and using a powerful right hand.
- A minute and a half into the second half, we came so close to breaking the tie. Sterling, who is once again playing superbly, blasted a free kick in the direction of goal. Unfortunately, only a portion of the ball fell behind the goal line as it painfully collided with the underside of the crossbar. Colwill was given the opportunity and scored from an offside position.
- Jackson’s side-footed shot was stopped by Neto midway through the second half, and Colwill nearly gave us the lead shortly after. With 10 minutes remaining, it took another outstanding Sanchez save to maintain the scoreless. Dominic Solanke created a yard of space for himself and fired, but the Spaniard’s extended right leg stopped him.
Late opportunities come and go.
- The Blues’ displeasure was growing as we searched for a late winner when substitutes Palmer and Ian Maatsen were stopped by some last-ditch desperate Bournemouth defending. We had lost three points previously due to wasted opportunities and a lack of initiative in the final third.
What it represents is..
- The Blues’ first away point of the year and second clean sheet this year keep us in 14th place in the standings, despite the fact that it is still early in the season.
Next is what…
- One week from today, we play host to Aston Villa before hosting Brighton on Wednesday, September 27, to continue our Carabao Cup run.
- Chelsea (4-3-3): Sanchez; Gusto; Disasi; Thiago Silva; Colwill (Chilwell 80); Gallagher (c); Ugochukwu; Enzo (Maatsen 81); Sterling; Jackson; Mudryk (Palmer 63).
- Substitutes that were not used: Bergstrom, Petrovic, Gilchrist, Matos, Stutter, and Washington.
- Booked Mudryk, 41; Disasi; Sterling; and
- Neto is the captain for Bournemouth (4-2-3-1) together with Aarons, Zabarnyi, Kelly, Kerkez (Senesi 73), Cook, Billing, Tavernier (Sinisterra 73), Christie (Brooks 89), Ouattara (Kluivert 63), and Solanke.
- Substitutes Radu, Rothwell, Smith, Traore, and Semenyo went unused.
- Kerkez 62 booked
- Judge : David Coote