Mason Mount and Kai Havertz scored as Chelsea secures a comfortable 2-0 win over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
The Blues improved their top-four chances with a comfortable victory at Stamford Bridge against Bournemouth.
After failing to score in three consecutive matches before the World Cup break, Chelsea scored within 16 minutes when Kai Havertz volleyed in Raheem Sterling’s low cross.
Mason Mount celebrated his 150th Chelsea appearance in style with a superb curling effort into the bottom left corner of the Bournemouth net.
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Bournemouth had won on three of their last five visits to Stamford Bridge but they never looked like repeating the feat in Gary O’Neil’s first match as permanent manager.
The only downside for the Blues was the sight of England defender Reece James, back from the knee injury which forced him to miss the World Cup, limping off injured again just after half-time.
The full-back had got himself quickly up to speed with one darting run and cross finding its way to Marc Cucurella, who chipped the ball back in for Kai Havertz to head just over the crossbar.
Chelsea had a decent penalty shout moments later when Adam Smith tugged at the shirt of Christian Pulisic, but neither referee Simon Hooper or the VAR were interested.
Nevertheless, Chelsea were well in control and took the lead after just 16 minutes when Mount fed his England colleague Sterling down the right.
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Bournemouth battled gamely but without testing Kepa Arrizabalaga until the 79th minute when the Chelsea keeper saved from Ryan Christie at his near post, but it was ultimately a comfortable and satisfying win for Potter’s side.
In the end they didn’t need to as Bournemouth failed to threaten other than Jaidon Anthony’s late free-kick that was beaten away by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
A fifth defeat in six league games leaves Gary O’Neil’s men in 14th just three points above the relegation zone.
On Sunday, Chelsea will travel to City Ground to face Nottingham Forest, while Bournemouth will play Crystal Palace at 16:00.
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