Chelsea returned back to winning ways, having failed to score in three matches on the trot prior to the World Cup break, but it took just 16 minutes to break the deadlock with Kai Havertz sliding in to put the hosts in front at the back post converting Raheem Sterling’s low cross.
At this point, Chelsea was dominant and it didn’t take long for them to add a second. Mason Mount making his 150th appearance for Chelsea, in style, curled a brilliant effort into the bottom right corner of the Bournemouth net from the edge of the penalty area. On the touchline, manager Graham Potter was impressed by his side’s slick performance, particularly in the first half.
Christian Pulisic saw an effort ruled out after Havertz was judged to have fouled Adam Smith in the build-up with the German forward missing another chance to extend his side’s lead in the second half.
With the win, Chelsea climbs up to eighth on the log, with them being six points behind Tottenham who are fourth and their opponents – Bournemouth remaining in 14th on the log. The only downside to the win was the enforced substitution of Reece James who was taken off in the 52nd minute on the return from injury that ruled him out of the world cup in Qatar.
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The 23-year-old collapsed to the turf and looked in some discomfort before he received treatment and eventually walked off unaided. While the Cherries improved in the second half, with Ryan Christie drawing a good save out of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, they rarely looked like causing any danger to the hosts late on in the match.
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