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AFC Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea, Premier League: Post-match reaction


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A second half played often at walking pace by two semi-disinterested sides eventually drew to a close, with Chelsea winning 4-1, and so we move one more game closer to the end of the season.  Hurray!

  • Chelsea's first goals in three, first win in three and just second win in eight games.  Given how few youth were given the start today (Baba the only 21 and under), the three points were the minimum expected outcome.
  • After Pedro and Costa both squandered glorious opportunities for a third goal, Willian settled the tie halfway through the second half with a lovely chipped finish over Boruc.
  • With the win, Chelsea move up to ninth!!  Whoa, nelly!
  • Mikel apparently pressed into center back service due to Gary Cahill last-minute illness.  No word on why Oscar wasn't in the matchday squad.  Also unclear why we waited until the 83rd minute to make any changes, and then only one and only because Willian picked up a cramp.  Baffling, once again, from Hiddink.
  • EDEN HAZARD SCORES A PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL.  Last time he scored from open play from April 18, 2015 (against Manchester United), a year and five days ago.  He's back!  (Couple nice touches today, too, but still a bit reluctant to take a shot.)
  • AND THEN EDEN HAZARD SCORES ANOTHER PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL.  Good times. Matic, Fabregas, and Hazard combining to create that one.
  • A hat-trick of assists for Fabregas, who had his sights dialed in today, gives him 95 in his Premier League career, good for third all-time, just ahead of Rooney and Bergkamp (both 94) and behind only Giggs (162) and Lampard (102).
  • Well done, the away support, once again.  Wonderful soundtrack.
  • Next up: Spurs.  The biggest game left on the calendar.
  • KTBFFH.  Carefree.

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