Chelsea dispatch stubborn Bournemouth 2-0, Pedro and Hazard rescue Sarri

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After finishing outside of the top four in the Premier League last season, Chelsea were forced to settle for Europa League football instead of the Champions League this season.

He quickly established himself as a key component in Antonio Conte's side at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian deploying him in a wing-back role.

"I think that now, for us it's better to think about the next match", he said.

Sarri had warned before the opening game of the league campaign that his side would face a hard start as he attempted to implement a very different approach to that employed by Conte.

After victories over Huddersfield Town, Arsenal and Newcastle United, the visit of Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge looked a walk in the park for the Blues but they didn't have it all their way. But I also think he can improve in the defensive phase.

With 85 per cent possession midway through the first half, the only thing missing for the home side was goals, but the visitors nearly scored when Diego Rico broke clear and his delivery for Callum Wilson inside the box was ideal; however the striker's first time effort sailed over the bar at the half hour mark. I'm really very happy to have 12 points from four matches, but I always think we can do more.

Eden Hazard reveals fatigue after Chelsea FC’s win at Newcastle
As you can see, we do a lot of ball possession and try to press high. 'To make those players defend is not their strength, especially Eden.

This was hardly a sparkling performance, but showing this kind of resolve to get the points while still adjusting to Sarri's methods will doubtless please their head coach. They are doing well in the week and the matches.

"But we are very keen to keep the momentum from what has been a really positive beginning". They are very organised defensively, and defended very well.

"We won the first three matches so now we are more confident".

"Eddie came to Empoli four years ago for three or four days, and we stayed in Empoli together".

"Alvaro is improving. Maybe he needs more space, but I am lucky because, in this situation, Giroud is very useful".

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