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Chelsea Continues to Struggle with a Draw Against Bournemouth – September 17, 2023
In a rainy showdown on Sunday evening, Chelsea continued their inconsistent performance as they settled for a 0-0 draw against Bournemouth in the fifth round of the English Premier League.
Chelsea’s struggles persist as they fail to secure a victory, leaving them with 5 points in the fourteenth position. Bournemouth, on the other hand, saw their points increase to 3, positioning them in sixteenth place.
The match kicked off with Chelsea on the offensive. Enzo Fernandez initiated the action with a low shot from a distance, easily captured by goalkeeper Neto in the second minute. Just a minute later, Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Modric dribbled past his marker on the left side, passing the ball to Connor Gallagher, who saw his shot deflected into a fruitless corner.
In the 13th minute, striker Nicolas Jackson combined with Modric, firing a low shot from outside the penalty area that hit the post.
Bournemouth threatened Chelsea’s goal for the first time in the 18th minute when Ryan Christie sent a free-kick towards Djanjo Awatara, who faced goalkeeper Robert Sanchez. Sanchez, however, successfully blocked his dangerous attempt.
Chelsea Dominance Continues
Chelsea maintained dominance throughout the first half but failed to create clear-cut chances as Bournemouth tightened their defense, resulting in a goalless first half.
Second Half Drama
Five minutes into the second half, Sterling took a direct free-kick that hit the crossbar and rebounded to Lev Kolovoyl, who slotted it into the net from close range. However, the referee’s flag denied Chelsea the goal, citing an offside.
As time passed, the home team improved their performance. Milos Kirkiz sent a cross that Dominic Solanke failed to capitalize on, with Chelsea’s Thiago Silva clearing the ball in the 58th minute.
Chelsea made their first substitution, bringing on new signing Cole Palmer for Modric. Neto displayed excellent goalkeeping skills by denying Gallagher’s close-range attempt following a well-placed pass from Jackson in the 65th minute.
As the game progressed, Gusto attempted a long-range shot that sailed over the crossbar in the 69th minute. In the 78th minute, the referee awarded Chelsea a direct free-kick on the edge of Bournemouth’s penalty area, which Beling executed, only for it to be deflected past the post by Gallagher.
Close Calls for Bournemouth
Bournemouth came close to breaking the deadlock in the 80th minute when a left-wing cross found Solanke, whose shot was skillfully saved by goalkeeper Sanchez.
Late Chelsea Surge
In the 83rd minute, substitute Ben Chilwell delivered a left-wing cross met by Jackson’s header, but Neto easily collected the ball. Chelsea nearly clinched a late victory in the 86th minute when Palmer connected with Sterling’s short cross with a single touch, but Neto was once again up to the task.
Chelsea’s struggles continue as they settle for a 0-0 draw against Bournemouth. The rainy encounter showcased moments of brilliance but ultimately lacked the finishing touch to secure victory for either side.