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Chelsea splashes 2 goals against “helpless” Bournemouth.


Kai Havertz and Mason Mount’s early strikes helped Chelsea ease to a 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday to snap a dismal run of five Premier League games without a win.

Graham Potter’s side endured a torrid spell before the World Cup but sparkled on their return to Stamford Bridge against the struggling Cherries to move eighth, six points shy of the top four with a game in hand to come. (Watch Video Here)

However, victory came at a cost as defender Reece James limped off on his return from the knee injury which kept him out of England’s World Cup campaign.

James cruised through the first half but called for a substitution early in the second, pointing to his knee before going to ground and being replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta.

Potter, aiming to avoid overseeing a fourth consecutive Chelsea league defeat for the (Watch Video Here) first time since 1998, handed Denis Zakaria his Premier League debut.

The Swiss midfielder broke forward well to drive Chelsea up the pitch in the first half, while the effervescent duo of Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic led the Bournemouth defence on a merry dance.

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Sterling provided the opener with an incisive low cross to the back post where Havertz slid in to convert in the 16th minute.

Pulisic could easily have won a penalty when he was pulled back but referee Simon Hooper (Watch Video Here) waved away his appeals.

Mount doubled the lead with a well-taken drive from the edge of the box in the 24th minute as Chelsea stepped up another gear before Pulisic had another goal disallowed for a foul by Havertz in the build-up.

After three games in all competitions without scoring a goal, the Blues were determined to end their disappointing streak and get their season back on track.

Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark (Watch Video Here) Travers did well to deny James after a dynamic burst forward, then made an even better save to foil Sterling before the break to keep his team in the game.

Havertz fired wide and Mount forced Travers into a smart low stop as Chelsea tried to put the game out of sight.

In the end they didn’t need to as Bournemouth failed to threaten other than Jaidon Anthony’s late free-kick that was beaten away by Kepa Arrizabalaga. (Watch Video Here)

A fifth defeat in six league games leaves Gary O’Neil’s men in 14th just three points above the relegation zone




Bournemouth, Tottenham clash ends 2-3 in favour of spurs.


Tottenham completed a dramatic comeback against Bournemouth, winning 3-2 in the Premier League after initially going 2-0 down.

As he alluded to prior to kick-off, Antonio Conte did make a number of changes to his starting XI with one eye firmly on next week’s crucial Champions League clash with Marseille. But two goals from Kieffer Moore put Bournemouth ahead and on course for victory.

Conte was eventually forced to bring his usual starters back in, with a late goal from substitute Rodrigo Bentancur deciding it at the death after Ryan Sessgnon and Ben Davies had put Spurs level.

Not a lot had really happened before Bournemouth took the lead, with Spurs having the lion’s share of possession but failing to turn it into anything remotely meaningful.

The Cherries broke the deadlock midway through the first half, clinically moving the ball from back to front. Dominic Solanke played an important role with his back to goal in midfield, playing in Marcus Tavernier down the right, whose low cross was expertly turned in first time by Moore.

The hosts then continued to get the ball into good areas but twice in fairly quick succession Lewis Cook seemed to get it caught under his feet and the promising moves broke down. Hugo Lloris also had to be sharp off his line to beat Tavernier to the ball as he raced through.

Spurs didn’t test Mark Travers, who conceded nine goals on his previous Premier League appearance until the final 10 minutes of the half when he parried a shot from Oliver Skipp. It did seem to spark something though as only moments later they hit the woodwork courtesy of a dangerous cross from Son Heung-min that flicked off the head of Marcos Senesi.

Then again, Emerson Royal also put a shot over the stand and into the car park. But Son made sure Travers was still paying attention in first half stoppage time, with the Irishman equal to a fierce effort.

Conte flinched first at half-time, throwing on Lucas Moura to give Spurs something more after what had been a fairly lacklustre opening 45 minutes overall, despite some improvement. But Bournemouth again proved clinical, working the ball down the right and then Adam Smith swinging it into the box. It was an invitation Moore couldn’t refuse, burying the header past Lloris.

That could have been Bournemouth out of sight, but football can change in an instant and Sessegnon’s strike, pretty much out of nowhere, cut the deficit after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg found the gap between Cherries defenders.

They hadn’t really deserved to be in the game, but Spurs began turning up the heat to try and get back level. In reality, the equaliser with just over 15 minutes left was a gift. Bournemouth didn’t deal with Ivan Perisic’s in-swinging corner, Travers flapped, and Davies couldn’t miss the easy header.

Travers looked shaken at another corner soon after, although he did save really well from Son after that to at least keep Bournemouth level.

The sheer volume of Tottenham corners was ultimately what did it – the Cherries could no longer hold out. When the stoppage time winner came, Son swung the ball into the box, Bournemouth failed to clear and Bentancur was on hand to turn it in and break Bournemouth hearts.


Bournemouth vs Tottenham: Player ratings
1. Bournemouth (3-4-2-1)
GK: Mark Travers – 5/10 – First start since Neto’s injury. Made a few saves but really poor at the corner when Spurs equalised.

CB: Adam Smith (c) – 6/10 – Great inviting cross against his former club. Got drawn out of position for the first Tottenham goal.

CB: Chris Mepham – 6/10 – Didn’t cover himself in glory at the late winner. Disappointing after a huge block moments earlier.

CB: Marcos Senesi – 7/10 – Seemed to be in the right place at the right time to repel most balls into the box… but not every time.

RWB: Marcus Tavernier – 7/10 – First assist of his Bournemouth career. Provided good width and attacking threat.

CM: Lewis Cook – 5/10 – Lacked quality in good attacking positions on more than one occasion.

CM: Jefferson Lerma – 6/10 – Worked hard considering Spurs had three in the middle.

LWB: Jordan Zemura – 6/10 – Covered a lot of ground up and down his flank.

AM: Dominic Solanke – 8/10 – Played the role really well to ensure that Moore was never too isolated. Involved in both goals too.

AM: Philip Billing – 5/10 – Didn’t see loads of the ball.

ST: Kieffer Moore – 8/10 – Kept his head in front of goal so well to break the deadlock with the first time finish. His second was pure trademark.

SUB: Jaidon Anthony (63′ for Billing) – 5/10

SUB: Ryan Fredericks (78′ for Tavernier) – 5/10

SUB: Jack Stephens (89′ for Solanke) – N/A

Manager: Gary O’Neil – 7/10 – Was winning the battle of wits with Conte until the final quarter. The game plan worked though.

2. Tottenham (3-5-2)
GK: Hugo Lloris – 6/10 – Conceded twice but massively tested. Smothered well against Tavernier when it was still 1-0.

CB: Davinson Sanchez – 4/10 – Goes to ground too easily when staying on his feet would be more effective. Doesn’t normally start and it showed.

CB: Clement Lenglet – 6/10 – Covered well generally, but the pace of Bournemouth’s first half countering caught him out.

CB: Ben Davies- 6/10 – Couldn’t miss from yards out to equalise.

RWB: Emerson Royal – 5/10 – Had no chance competing with the physical Moore at the back post when Bournemouth went 2-0 up.

CM: Oliver Skipp – 5/10 – Tested Travers but not a consistent threat and lacked general creativity. Subbed at half-time.

CM: Yves Bissouma – 5/10 – Disappointing considering Spurs should have outnumbered the Cherries in central midfield.

CM: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 7/10 – Better than his midfield partners. It was his defence splitting pass that got Spurs back into it.

LWB: Ryan Sessegnon – 7/10 – Was about to be hooked seconds before he got Spurs back into it with a good finish.

ST: Harry Kane – 6/10 – Got more involved towards the end of the first half when he dropped deeper to try and create.

ST: Son Heung-min – 6/10 – Looked dangerous for a brief spell at the end of the first half. Faded but delivered threatening corners.

SUB: Lucas Moura (46′ for Skipp) – 6/10

SUB: Eric Dier (58′ for Sanchez) – 7/10

SUB: Rodrigo Bentancur (58′ for Bissouma) – 7/10

SUB: Ivan Perisic (64′ for Royal) – 6/10

SUB: Bryan Gil (84′ for Sessegnon) – N/A

Manager: Antonio Conte – 6/10 – Gambled by resting players for the Marseille game. Eventually had to bring on his usual starters to save the result anyway.

Player of the match – Kieffer Moore

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Roberto Firmino details Fabio Carvalho’s impact at Liverpool.


Roberto Firmino has hailed the impact of Liverpool teammate Fabio Carvalho after his summer arrival from Fulham.

The Reds have made a slow start to the Premier League campaign, but the 20-year-old has made a big impression at Anfield after netting in consecutive wins over Bournemouth and Newcastle.

And Firmino, who has entered his seventh season at the Merseyside club, has tipped the youngster to be a big part of Liverpool’s future.

“I confess that I had already watched some of his games before coming to Liverpool, so I was already impressed by the way he played,” the Brazilian told Noticias ao Minuto. “He’s an ace, he’s a great player and now he’s also a very close friend.

“We are happy to have him here at Liverpool and I know he will help us a lot, with assists, goals and also his character on the pitch.”

Liverpool parted with a fee in excess of £7m for the 20-year-old over the summer and he instantly repaid the faith shown in him by manager Jurgen Klopp with a stoppage time winner against Newcastle at Anfield.

Carvalho suffered a dead leg in last weekend’s goalless draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby, although Liverpool are hopeful that this weekend’s postponement of their clash with Wolves will afford the youngster more recovery time.

“Fabio got a massive dead leg, which caused the muscle some problems, so it was no chance,” Klopp explained.

“He’s walking now normal, but there was no chance to train until now.

“We hope now every day will get better and he will be ready for the weekend, but I’m not 100% sure.”




Mancity to take full advantage of Bournemouth’s relegation to sign Aké


Manchester City are looking to sign a new centre back and are waiting to see if Bournemouth’s valuation of Nathan Ake has changed now they have dropped out of the Premier League, having made an initial approach for the 25-year-old Dutchman.

City will look to offload Nicolas Otamendi amid interest in the Argentine from Real Betis, while John Stones’s future at the Etihad is also in doubt.


The club held talks with the Cherries last week over Dutch star Ake, who is currently valued at around £40million.

Manager Pep Guardiola has been seeking a new defender for some time after tinkering with his back line this season and Ake is seen as an ideal option as he can also play at left-back and is home grown.

The 25-year-old has plenty of admirers and has excelled in his three and a half seasons with Bournemouth, playing 121 games and scoring 11 times.

Meanwhile, City may arrange a friendly behind closed doors this weekend to prepare for their Champions League tie against Real Madrid a week on Friday.

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Game is over and the final score is Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League


0′ The match is about to start!

0′ Players go down on their knees to support Black Lives Matter movement

22′ Kane makes an important clearance

31′ Ardent conflict between Sissoko and Lerma

44′ Lamela fires his shot into the stands

45′ Lloris makes a brilliant save



46′ Half Substitution! SON & Ndombele in,Bergwijn & Lo Celso out

62′ Injured! Smith is stretchered off

70′ CLOSE! Ake makes an important clearance

75′ Subs! Lucas replace Sissoko

86′ Disallowed! King scores but the goal is offside

91′ Goooal… No! Callum Wilson goal disallowed after VAR review

96′ What a save from Lloris



Bournemouth XI: Gosling, Stanislas, Smith, Callum Wilson, King, Ake, Rico, Lerma, Brooks, Ramsdale, Lloyd Kelly

Subs: Boruc, Surman, Steve Cook, Harry Wilson, Solanke, Lewis Cook, Stacey, Groeneveld, S. Surridge

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Vertonghen, Sissoko, Alderweireld, Lamela, Aurier, Kane, Ben Davies, Winks, Bergwijn, Lo Celso

Subs: Son, Lucas, Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Ndombele, Sessegnon, Skipp, Gedson Fernandes, H. White.

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0-1: Chelsea lost to away Bournemouth. (Twitter users react)

A lacklustre Chelsea slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday, with Dan Gosling scoring a sublime winner six minutes from time.

Both sides began brightly, but it was the hosts who had the first chance. Mason Mount was put through by Jorginho, but he saw his shot well kept out by Aaron Ramsdale. The Cherries began to sit deep and looked to make life difficult for the Blues, which they did.

As the half wore on, frustrations grew as Frank Lampard’s men struggled to create many openings. Josh King wasted an opportunity to give his side the lead early in the second half as he was put through on goal. However, his touch took him wider than he would have hoped and he saw his shot blocked.

Eddie Howe’s men continued to grow into the game, with King wasting two more clear chances. Chelsea should have taken the lead midway through the second period through Emerson, but his header was sensationally kept out once more.

Instead, it was the away side who opened the scoring with just five minutes remaining. Following a corner, the ball came back into the area, which Dan Gosling flicked sublimely over Kepa and into the net. It went to VAR, but the goal stood. The Cherries held on to secure a much-needed win.

Although Chelsea were largely dominant against a much-changed Lille side in the Champions League in midweek, they only scored twice and were made to play out a nervy final 15 minutes after conceding. While it was job done on that occasion, Lampard will have been looking to see his side improve against Bournemouth.

However, they never got going in the first half against the Cherries, making countless sloppy mistakes. It appeared as though fatigue was an issue, with the Bournemouth defence content to watch them pass the ball without any real purpose. It was slow and passive.

The majority of the play came through the middle of the park and although Lampard attempted to change the game with his substitutions, they did not have the desired impact. Ultimately, they were undeserving of the three points and deservedly published by their opponents.

Bournemouth came into the game in poor form, having lost their last five games in a row. This woeful losing streak saw them slip to 14th, just one point above the relegation places. The team were in desperate need of a win – and they got one.


From the off, Eddie Howe’s men looked to get forward and take the game to Chelsea, creating a number of openings early on. As the first half wore on, they sat in their shape and looked to play on the counter. The Cherries made life difficult for the hosts, who struggled to create many clear openings.

The team continued to create a number of openings going forward and although they wasted some glorious opportunities, they eventually did take the lead late on through Dan Gosling – with VAR playing an important role. And it was fully deserved. It was an exceptional team display.