Chelsea started and finished the stronger of the two teams, and outside of the middle third or quarter of the match, looked well in control of proceedings today. Stellar performances from several players were able to overshadow disappointing days from a couple others.
The three points keep Chelsea ahead of Spurs by seven points at the top of the Premier League table.
- Hazard with his 14th league goal of the season, matching his previous career highs for Chelsea set in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.
- Costa denied his 50th as the first goal was rightly awarded as an own goal. Then he himself denied his 50th on a couple more occasions with poor shots.
- Chelsea overcome some questionable refereeing, including an early yellow for Moses, a clear handball leading to Bournemouth’s goal, and another handball ignored in the hosts’ penalty area.
- The top four all won today, which means that Chelsea’s “magic number” is down just 15. Five wins from the remaining eight games guarantees the title, but that’s assuming Spurs set a new record by winning 14 straight Premier League games.
- Next up: Mourinho and United away next weekend.