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Chelsea end Premier League winless streak vs. Bournemouth with 2-0 victory

28 December 2022, Wednesday
Chelsea bounced back from their five-game Premier League winless streak in style on Tuesday as they came away with a 2-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues put the pressure on early when, in the 16th minute, Kai Havertz slotted home from a lovely pass from Raheem Sterling. This was followed up eight minutes later when Mason Mount produced a sublime finish for the second goal.

Christian Pulisic had a goal disallowed before halftime, but it was the two early goals that proved to be the difference in the end. The win allowed Chelsea to move up one spot to eighth in the Premier League table following their return from the World Cup break.

Chelsea took charge of the match from the start, ending a run of five Premier League matches in a row without a first-half goal by netting twice within 24 minutes.

The Blues were worried that they were giving away the ball in dangerous areas of the pitch, which luckily didn't backfire this time but they'll need to be much more careful ahead of their upcoming games against Manchester City.

Chelsea were left disappointed after Reece James went off injured, and they would have preferred a second-half goal to make the result certain. Their set-pieces were not as effective as they had hoped.

After the World Cup break, Potter's side appeared organized, and it is expected that he is content with the result. With Mateo Kovacic not playing for Chelsea yet after being with Croatia during the World Cup, the decision to use Denis Zakaria in the midfield proved to be a savvy choice.

GK Kepa Arrizabalaga, 7 -- Displaysed decisiveness, quickly pouncing on Kalidou Koulibaly's poor pass back and frequently showing poise with ball at his feet. Also collected Jaidon Anthony's deflected drive from a distance effectively.

On the occasion of his 100th game for Chelsea, Thiago Silva was evidently hampered by injury during the early stages, yet still managed to make good use of the ball, despite providing one dodgy pass that his own box failed to gather. He successfully kept Dominic Solanke at bay, then did well to intercept Zemura's cross in the dying minutes.

Koulibaly put in some timely challenges, though he got away with a couple of bad passes in risky positions. The defender executed an excellent header to clear out Zemura's cross, before narrowly missing out with a header of his own.

DF Marc Cucurella presented a solid defensive display and did very well to flick the ball away from Jack Stacey in his own box, despite having undercooked an early free kick from a promising position. He showed plenty of quality on the ball. DF Reece James had a good shot saved after beating Jordan Zemura in the box, despite earlier scuffing his shot following an inventive corner. Meanwhile, MF Jorginho played a nice pass to Mount in the buildup to the opener, often moved the ball well, and was astute when it came to regaining possession.

Mason Mount, Demonstrated intelligence to find gaps in the field and use them superbly. He assisted Raheem Sterling in the lead up to the initial goal and afterwards scored Chelsea's second with a delightful shot. After a great run, Mount had another shot saved.

Denis Zakaria, 8 -- After a wait for his Premier League debut, he put in an exemplary performance full of vigour, making some excellent defensive plays, for instance destroying a Zemura attack in the box. Despite a few opportunities in the second half, he wasn't able to convert.

Kai Havertz, Could not place his header accurately after a nice Cucurella cross, yet soon found himself on the scoresheet with a deadly finish to Sterling's delivery. Appeared solid, providing quality and defensively helping from corners. Tried to cut in Lloyd Kelly, but his aim was wide.
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