English Premier League Report: Chelsea v Bournemouth 01 September 2018

English Premier League Report: Chelsea v Bournemouth 01 September 2018

English Premier League Report: Chelsea v Bournemouth 01 September 2018

His spectacular clipped passes over the Bournemouth defence were Chelsea's likeliest route to goal until Eddie Howe dropped his men back in response, but the defender's brain freezes will likely give Sarri fits. "[His] physical qualities are at a top level, I think".

"At the moment we are doing very well but we can improve". I think he needs to improve from the tactical point of view, nothing else.

Sarri, though, acknowledged that Moses will not play as a right-wing-back under the new dispensation, a role in which he flourished in under Conte, as the new manager wants the dazzler to play as a winger, a position in which he excelled during his days with the Eagles.

Former Chelsea star Hernan Crespo has identified the Blues and Sevilla as the two leading candidates for Europa League glory this season. Four of those sides were crowned champions, but Sarri was in no mood to indulge talk of the title so early in the season.

'I think that he will be important for sure. "Because the gap at the beginning was 30 points", Sarri said. I think it's very hard to recover this gap in only one season.

"I know him very well. Not until the end of the season".

Sarri had no doubt Chelsea would prevail against Bournemouth in a tricky contest. They are very organised defensively, and defended very well.

Chelsea remained in the ascendancy as the first half progressed with Willian dragging a shot marginally wide of Asmir Begovic's post, but the best opportunity of the opening 45 minutes went to the visitors. Maybe we needed to move the ball at another speed, and maybe more movements without the ball. But in this kind of match, usually you can win in the last 20-25 minutes.

The Blues have been crowned champions in four of the five previous seasons in which they won their first four games, but Sarri refuses to look beyond the next game - against Cardiff on September 15 - following the worldwide break.

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