Eddie Howe rues missed chances in Bournemouth defeat at Chelsea

Deanna Kelley
September 2, 2018

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed he will decide during the worldwide break who to name captain with Eden Hazard in the running alongside Cesar Azpilicueta.

Chelsea host Bournemouth with two different streaks on the line.

Bournemouth is coming off a 2-2 draw against Everton, a result the Cherries earned thanks to a game-tying, 79th-minute goal from defender Nathan Aké, a Chelsea loanee.

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri praised his side following a 2-0 win against Bournemouth and suggested that Marcos Alonso could become the best left-back in the world. In the first half, the situation was hard.

Alonso picked up the ball on the left-hand side before threading a pass through to Hazard, who wasted little time before drilling a low effort into the far corner of Begovic's net. Chelsea though, are nearly at full strength. "If he does, I think he can be the best left-back in the world".

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"In the first half it was very hard to play - we needed to move the ball at a higher speed - but it wasn't easy". Asmir [Begovic] wasn't overly worked and we were chasing the game right until the end.

"It depends upon the situation on the pitch", Sarri said of his decision.

Chelsea were looking to penetrate the visitors through the wings after the hour-mark, and brought on Olivier Giroud in place of Morata and Pedro in place of Willian. Margin for error against a team with Chelsea's quality is zero, however, and Howe will be desperately disappointed with how much space Pedro and Hazard found for their goals. Now, he's revealed his picks for this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

"The gap at the beginning was 30 points".

This campaign they should be looking up, not down. Free-spending new boys Fulham and Wolves will certainly believe they can finish in the top half, but Bournemouth have the continuity and experience many of their rivals lack. As long as Howe remains in charge, there is no reason why Bournemouth should think they have hit their ceiling.

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