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Our ratings for players based on their performance in the last match.

AFC Bournemouth 1 – 4 Chelsea

 

Begovic 6 – stepped up to fill in for Courtois today but wasn’t tested much – when he was he allowed a goal through on one occasion.

Azpilicueta 7 – Defended well, kept Bournmouth quiet in the second half.

Mikel 5 – Had a quiet game but not a bad one.

Ivanovic (c) 6 – Made an effort at goal and kept the defence where it needed to be.

Baba 7 – partnered well with Matic today, used space well.

Matic 7 – created space and used it well, made some crucial passes and tackles.

Fabregas 10 – Watching Fabregas today felt like, well, watching Fabregas! Assisting in 3 goals and absolutely dominating mid-field.

Pedro 8 – got the game off to the right start. Continued to make an impression.

Willian 7- scored a goal and pressed the attack when he could.

Hazard 8 – Socring 2 goals today certainly helped Eden’s score, after a sluggish season today was a vast improvement.

Diego Costa 6 – had a few good attempts at goal but failed to score on a day when there was ample opportunity.

 

Used Subs:

Loftus-Cheek 6 – Still new to the first team and being eased in gradually, made a small impact off the bench.

 

Manager:

Guus Hiddink 7- Little wrong with his team selection: attack was impressive, midfield was on point, defence was average.

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Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas dominate a brave Bournemouth side to win 4-1 at Dean Park.

Chelsea took the lead early on thanks to Pedro before Hazard’s first league goal of the season doubled their advantage shortly after the half-hour mark. Bournemouth however began to stage a fight back as Elphick headed home from a fantastic cross by Francis to haul Howe’s side back into the game.

Bournemouth’s main success in the first half came from pushing on to their opposition and forcing Chelsea’s defence into long passes upfield rather than being able to play it into Fabregas, however, they were not so lucky in the second half. Compared to their efforts in the first half, Bournemouth were disappointing and disjointed, with Chelsea seemingly extremely comfortable and content to play the game at their own pace.

There were no changes to either side at the break and Chelsea should have made it 3-1 within five minutes of the restart – Baba played a neat one-two with Matic and as the left-back struck his delivery across the face of goal the sliding Diego Costa was a fraction away from scoring.

Chelsea enjoyed possession during the early stages of the second half and Fabregas was unlucky to see a long-range effort roll marginally wide having taken a deflection.

Pedro and Hazard swapped flanks with both wingers performing well and asking questions of Bournemouth full-backs Simon Francis and Charlie Daniels.

just after the hour mark Bournemouth made a double attacking switch with Callum Wilson and Benik Afobe replacing King and Lewis Grabban.

Towards the end of the game Bournemouth  threw men forward in a bid to find a route back into the game. Chelsea capitalised on the spaces that were beginning to open up and their attacking players were providing a real threat and playing some delightful football.

Pedro forced a save from Boruc with a clever overhead kick and on a couple of occasions it was just the final ball which let us down.

Hazard, however, completed the scoring right at the death with a close-range finish from Matic’s pull-back.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaced Willian late on and Hazard completed the scoring right at the death with a close-range finish from Matic’s pull-back.

Fabregas played excellently as Bournemouth gave the former Arsenal captain the time and space to operate and pull the strings in the middle of the park. His control in midfield was clear, providing assists to 3 of Chelsea’s four goals – moving him up into third place in the all-time assist rankings in the Premier League.

After a goal drought Eden Hazard scored 2 excellent goals for Chelsea hopefully marking his stylish return for the club.

 

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Mikel, Ivanovic (c), Baba; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian (Loftus-Cheek), Hazard; Diego Costa.

Unused subs: Amelia, Miazga, Kenedy, Traore, Pato, Falcao

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

BOURNEMOUTH – Boruc; Francis, Elphick (c), Cook, Daniels; Surman; Pugh, Gosling, Stanislas (Ritchie 77), Grabban (Afobe 62); King (Wilson 62).

Unused subs: Federici. Wiggins, MacDonald, O’Kane.

Manager: Eddie Howe

 

Yellow Cards: Matt Ritchie 89’

Red Cards:

 

Scorers: Pedro 5′, E. Hazard 34′, 90+1, T. Elphick 36′, Willian 71′

 

Referee: Roger East

Venue: Dean Court

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

BOURNEMOUTH – Boruc, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels, Stanislas, Gosling, Surman, Pugh, Grabban, King

Subs: Federici, Wiggins, MacDonald, O’Kane, Ritchie, Wilson, Afoe

Manager: Eddie Howe

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic (c), Mikel, Baba; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Amelia, Miazga, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Traore, Pato, Falcao

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Referee:

Kick Off: 3 pm GMT

Venue: Vitality Stadium

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While a guest to Sky Sports program Monday Night Football Cesc Fabregas spoke also about his former boss Pep Guardiola, that next year will come to Premier League to manager Manchester City:

“What he [Guardiola] wanted to do is change formation,” said Fabregas about the Spanish coach playing style.

“I think after three years playing at a fantastic level and winning many things, he felt the other teams were catching the way of playing against Barcelona on a 4-3-3.

“He wanted to play a different system with three at the back, four in midfield plus Lionel Messi dropping deep – he wanted to dominate midfield more than anything – and to have two wide players always open and threatening to go in behind defenders.

“Yes, [I enjoyed it] because I had a lot of freedom. They tell you play wherever you feel you are dangerous and I love this kind of thing, because it’s like a number 10, but with the mentality of the goalscorer.”

Fabregas also revealed why he left Barcelona:

“There’s a little thing with Xavi in 2010 before the World Cup he told me ‘you have to come, my Achilles, I will not last too long’ – and then I came and he still played for five years and that didn’t help,” Fabregas said, joking.

“But 100 per cent it didn’t help there were so many midfielders and there was one less spot than when I came under Pep.”

Cesc also gave his opinion on Guardiola being next Manchester City boss:

“You always want to play against the best, 100 per cent Pep will bring new things to the Premier League, to Man City.

“They will be a force next year, they are already this season, you see they are in the semi-finals of Champions League and fighting to be in the top three. All the teams will have to be even stronger.”

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Cesc Fabregas is sure that next Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the right man to bring back the club to stability and glory:

“That’s what we need,” he said while he was a guest to Sky Sports’ MNF.

“Someone that will always be on our back to push us and make us work hard, teaching us new things; the things he wants to do and achieve.

“All I know is that he wants to win straight away. No more transition, no more excuses. He wants to win and for that we’ll have to be prepared from day one.”

On Conte’s playing style he said:

“I love football and I’ve been studying a little bit what he does with his previous teams. I played against his Italy recently and it’s really interesting.

“You can see that he loves offensive football and you can see that tactically his teams are so well organised.”

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Cesc Fabregas revealed why this was a disastrous season for Chelsea that was forced to sack half-way through the season the manager that brought them the Premier League title seven months before, José Mourinho, since the team was just 1 point from relegation:

“I have huge respect for him – we still keep in touch right now,” Fabregas said a on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football about his ex boss.

“The biggest problem was he trusted us too much, gave us more holiday because we were champions and we let him down.

“That was the main reason he had to go – and for that myself and the team feel bad for it.”

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Cesc Fabregas was a guest of Sky Sports program Monday Night Football tonight, commenting the game between Spurs and Stoke City, that Pochettino’s side won 4-0 with braces by Harry Kane and Dele Alli, reducing the gap from Leicester from 7 to 5 points, having the Foxes drew 2-2 with West Ham yesterday.

The Chelsea midfielder revealed he doesn’t want Tottenham to win the league:

“Hopefully not, I don’t want Spurs to win it to be honest.

“For what they’ve done through the season I’d love Leicester to win the Premier League.”

Chelsea can be decisive in the title race since they will host Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Monday 2 May, with three games to go, and Leicester in the last fixture, on Sunday 15 May.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas spoke about next Blues boss Antonio Conte, who will take charge at Stamford Bridge this summer:

“It’s obviously a new coach, a new philosophy, a new everything really, so we’ll have to see how the team adapts.

“We will have to work hard and understand quickly what the manager wants from us and from there take off and see if we can win the league again.”

“You just want to do well always for the club but of course you have to try and impress the new manager in training, in pre-season, do what he asks you to do and always try to perform at the highest level.

“Obviously I don’t know what he’ll ask from the players tactically, but we’ll have to adapt very quickly.”

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