Eden Hazard’s solitary strike secures victory for Chelsea over Bournemouth

Antonio Conte fidgeted his way anxiously through the latter stages here, the Italian a picture of agitation on the touchline as Bournemouth mustered everything they had to discomfort the champions. Yet, by the end, the sense lingered that Chelsea’s domestic campaign is returning to an even keel. Their margin for error has gone, of course, and the summit remains distant, but successive league wins have at least lanced the tension.This finished feeling like a hard-fought victory though, in truth, the visitors should really have eased themselves clear during a one-sided opening period. Given their dominance at that stage, it seemed rather ludicrous that Eden Hazard’s shot, belted inside Asmir Begovic’s near-post six minutes into the second half, was ultimately all they had to show for some of their more vibrant attacking play of the campaign to date. The head coach acknowledged as much in the aftermath, urging his players to be more clinical in killing off games of this nature. Continue reading…


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