English Premier League Report: Chelsea v Bournemouth 01 September 2018

Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has backed Ruben Loftus-Cheek to make a big impact this season despite the England midfielder's lack of game time so far.

Chelsea FC took the lead in the 72nd minute in west London thanks to Pedro Rodriguez's finish to put the Blues ahead. They could also have been behind, had Wilson and Ake been more clinical.

Maurizio Sarri has hailed Marcos Alonso as the best left-back in Europe and believes the Chelsea defender will be regarded as the best in the world if he improves.

Chelsea remained in the ascendancy as the first half progressed with Willian dragging a shot marginally wide of Asmir Begovic's post, but the best opportunity of the opening 45 minutes went to the visitors.

One casual pass to no one gave Wilson the opportunity to run deep into Chelsea's half unchecked and nearly create a shooting chance for the lively Ryan Fraser, only for the recovering N'Golo Kante to bail Luiz out.

The move had only limited impact during a first half that was dominated for long periods by the home side. Andreas Christensen will have to make do with a place on the bench, with Gary Cahill still off the pace. I think it's very hard to recover this gap in only one season.

'He's very young for a striker, and can improve more.

Sarri had said in the week Alonso can work on his defensive attributes, but he was full of praise for the 27-year-old after Chelsea's fourth straight win in the Premier League.

But Bournemouth sought to nullify Chelsea with a back five, crowding the central areas and funnelling possession to the flanks. Now, he's revealed his picks for this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

This was hardly a sparkling performance, but showing this kind of resolve to get the points while still adjusting to Sarri's methods will doubtless please their head coach. As long as Howe remains in charge, there is no reason why Bournemouth should think they have hit their ceiling.

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