Chelsea 1-0 Bournemouth: 5 Talking Points & Tactical Analysis | Carabao Cup 2018-19
#2 Both sides' forward players get into the act
In the 17th minute, Callum Wilson finally joined the party. On the back of some productive passage of play, he received the ball on the edge of the box. From 20 yards out, the sharpshooter launched an effort just wide. At that moment, things finally looked brighter for the visitors.
Olivier Giroud, who was a passenger until the 20th minute, showed that if found with a well-tuned pass, he can produce a traditional number 9's style of approach. His first touch was exquisite, followed by strong hold-up and then a shot that asked questions of Boruc.
Down the end, Rico played a pass down the path of young David Brooks, who then stung a fine strike, only to be denied by the world's most expensive goalkeeper.
The best chance of the first half though, came when Loftus-Cheek intelligently played Willian in on goal. The Brazilian only had Boruc to beat, but the veteran glove man portrayed his experience by blocking the shot.
When the game saw more traffic on both ends, you knew it wouldn't end goalless.