Kai Havertz and Mason Mount’s early strikes helped Chelsea ease to a 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday to snap a dismal run of 5 Premier League video games and not using a win.
Graham Potter’s facet endured a torrid spell earlier than the World Cup however sparkled on their return to Stamford Bridge towards the struggling Cherries to maneuver eighth, six factors shy of the highest 4 with a sport in hand to come back.
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However, victory got here at a price as defender Reece James limped off on his return from the knee damage which saved him out of England’s World Cup marketing campaign.
James cruised by way of the primary half however known as for a substitution early within the second, pointing to his knee earlier than going to floor and being changed by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Potter, aiming to keep away from overseeing a fourth consecutive Chelsea league defeat for the primary time since 1998, handed Denis Zakaria his Premier League debut.
The Swiss midfielder broke ahead properly to drive Chelsea up the pitch within the first half, whereas the bubbling duo of Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic led the Bournemouth defence on a merry dance.
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Sterling offered the opener with an incisive low cross to the again publish the place Havertz slid in to transform within the sixteenth minute.
Pulisic might simply have gained a penalty when he was pulled again however referee Simon Hooper waved away his appeals.
Mount doubled the lead with a well-taken drive from the sting of the field within the twenty fourth minute as Chelsea stepped up one other gear earlier than Pulisic had one other aim disallowed for a foul by Havertz within the build-up.
After three video games in all competitions with out scoring a aim, the Blues had been decided to finish their disappointing streak and get their season again on monitor.
Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers did properly to disclaim James after a dynamic burst ahead, then made a good higher save to foil Sterling earlier than the break to maintain his workforce within the sport.
Havertz fired large and Mount pressured Travers into a wise low cease as Chelsea tried to place the sport out of sight.
In the tip they didn’t must as Bournemouth did not threaten aside from Jaidon Anthony’s late free-kick that was overwhelmed away by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
A fifth defeat in six league video games leaves Gary O’Neil’s males in 14th simply three factors above the relegation zone.
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