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AFC Bournemouth vs. Chelsea, Premier League: Half-time report

Chelsea up 2-1 at the break, but there's room for improvement.

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On a rather sunshiny day that apparently no one knows how to react to, Chelsea are leading 2-1 at the half, conceding just a few minutes before inconsistent and rather bad referee Andre Marriner's half-time whistle.

Chelsea have created a fair few chances, but have taken just two of them (and one of those needing a nice bit of luck with the deflection), while at the other end, the Blues have given away several uncharacteristic chances to the hosts, one of which ended up in the back of the net.  Bournemouth have also hit the post.  So perhaps the 2-1 lead for the Blues at the break is a fair enough reflection of the first 45 minutes.

If we're looking for grievances, Bournemouth's goal came after a clear handball was not called when the defender won the ball from Alonso, while Harry Arter has made two yellow card-worthy challenges but is still on the pitch.  Still, there's no doubt that Conte will want improvement from the Blues, both to be more clinical in attack and more solid in defence.  Both the midfield and the defensive line seems to be out of sorts far too often.

As if we're not being reminded often enough by the announcers, Spurs won earlier today, so a three points here would be more than welcome for the Blues.  But there's no need to panic; we're by far the better team, we just have to play like it in every phase of the game.


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