Chelsea holds a perfect record with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth
Chelsea stretched their perfect Premier League start to four games after second-substitution goals from substitute Pedro Rodriguez and Eden Hazard gave them a 2-0 win at home over Bournemouth on Saturday.
The new manager, Maurizio Sarri, will be purring after seeing his team knock down the visitors in the final stages with a clinical performance after being stifled by the stubborn defense for much of the contest.
Hazard, who ran the program for Chelsea with quick inroads and good footwork before sealing the game with an arrow shot from eight meters in the 85th minute, was delighted.
“We always trust that we would score,” the Belgian forward told the BBC.
“When you play like that you have to be patient.” We did well to keep the ball and move it quickly because we were too slow in the first half.
“I feel safe, I am enjoying my football, we have a new manager and many good players.”
The result left Chelsea at the top of Liverpool with a maximum of 12 points, with Watford or Tottenham Hotspur able to move on par with the first pace markers when they meet in Vicarage Road on Sunday.
The home team dominated a tough first half at Stamford Bridge, but it was Bournemouth who missed the best opportunity in the opening period through Callum Wilson before Marcos Alonso hit the post at the other end.
The former Chelsea midfielder, Nathan Ake, skied his shot from three meters on the crossbar on time and that seemed to be a wake-up call for the hosts, who fought despite having most of the possession.
Pedro finally broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute after a good one-two with substitute teammate Olivier Giroud and a low shot from the edge of the penalty area that gave no chance to visiting goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Hazard finished his brilliant individual performance by scoring after the lively Alonso caught him.
Sarri praised Hazard and looked forward to Chelsea’s next home game to promote Cardiff after the international break.
“I do not know if we can win anything this season, but Eden Hazard is very important for us,” said the Italian.
“I’m really happy with my players right now, I do not want to think about the last four games, it’s better to think about the next one.”