Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points & Tactical Analysis | Premier League 2018-19
A spectacular second-half performance from Bournemouth hammered Chelsea as they were beaten by 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium. Maurizio Sarri and co. had an opportunity to go three points clear at 4th place, but they spurned the chance and succumbed to a second consecutive league defeat for the first time since March 2018.
A blistering brace from Joshua King along with goals from David Brooks and Charlie Daniels to inflict a meaty blow to the Blues. The visitors were in cruise control of the fixture for the entirety of the first half, but not for the first time this season, they failed to insert a final nail in the coffin while attacking.
In the second half, from the kilometers covered to the energy levels, it all dropped and as a result, Chelsea slipped to 5th place. Two weeks back, not many would have expected them to drop points in this fashion, especially when they were six ahead of bitter rivals Arsenal.
On that note, let's analyze the five major talking points from Bournemouth's historic win against Chelsea.
#1 Chelsea start strong, Bournemouth chase their opponents
Bournemouth got us underway but it was Chelsea doing all the talking in the opening exchanges of the game. They knocked the doors of the Bournemouth back line repeatedly, but as it's been all winter, Eden Hazard and co. couldn't find the back of the net.
As early as in the 6th minute, Mateo Kovacic came close to scoring his first goal in Chelsea colors as he struck the frame of the goal. A peach of a cross fell to the Croatian, who had made an intelligent run into the six-yard box, but his header only hit the post.
This is the 17th time Chelsea were denied by the crossbar, more than any other team. Marcos Alonso, who did not feature, has hit the post a whopping six times, more than any other player in the league.
A couple of minutes later, the Chelsea center backs almost created a goal, only to see their effort cleared. In the 11th minute, Eden Hazard dropped his shoulders, beaten a couple of players and launched a venomous shot, but Boruc was equal to it with a smothering save.
The talisman tested Bournemouth's custodian later again with his left foot, but the shot was too straight for his liking.