Bournemouth stunned Chelsea 1-0 as they took all three points at the Stamford Bridge against Frank Lampard’s men. The Londoners were rather uninspiring throughout the match and paid the price for it in the 84th minute.
With that in mind, here are three things that we learned from the match.
3. Chelsea’s defending problems
Chelsea’s problems in defence have been an issue for the entirety of this campaign so far. The Londoners concede the silliest of goals and that was once again the case last match.
After half-clearing out a corner, their defence lost its shape to such an extent that a hapless header from Jefferson Lerma found Dan Gosling clean in front of the goal with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Luck favoured Bournemouth here but Chelsea really should have been alert about the ball coming back into the box instead of focusing on rushing all the players out of the box as if they already had the possession of the ball.
2. Three vital points for Bournemouth
Eddie Howe’s men had lost all of their last five matches in the league and they finally managed to grab all three points for the first time in over a month.
Prior to the match, Bournemouth were only a point above the relegation zone but a win at Stamford Bridge has put them four points clear of the damned places. They can now use this win to start an upward trajectory in the upcoming matches.
1. Chelsea failed to take their chances
Chelsea attacking dependency on Tammy Abraham means that when the Englishman doesn’t score, they almost always fail to win. The youngster got a single chance in the game from a tight angle and managed to hit that in the side netting.
Meanwhile, Mason Mount and Emerson both got better chances to score but couldn’t find the net to open the scoring for their side. Emerson’s chance, especially, was easier and he perhaps should have done better.