Bournemouth’s English midfielder Dan Gosling (C) makes an attempt to attain however dominated out offside through the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in London on December 14, 2019. OLLY GREENWOOD / AFP
Chelsea slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat towards struggling Bournemouth on Saturday as Dan Gosling’s late objective prolonged the Blues’ current poor run within the Premier League.
Frank Lampard’s aspect have misplaced 4 of their final 5 league video games following Gosling’s intelligent strike six minutes from full-time at Stamford Bridge.
Gosling’s flick over his shoulder was initially dominated out for offside, however a prolonged VAR overview ultimately confirmed the midfielder was onside when he netted.
After reaching the Champions League final 16 with Tuesday’s win over Lille, Chelsea have been hoping to bounce again from final weekend’s shock loss at Everton.
But this was one other laboured show from Lampard’s younger workforce, who’re out of kinds in a run that threatens to spoil the momentum from their high quality begin to the season.
Chelsea stay in fourth place however they might want to enhance to carry onto that place with London derbies at Tottenham and Arsenal looming over the Christmas interval.
The loss was particularly galling as a result of Chelsea have been dealing with an injury-hit Bournemouth aspect who arrived on a run of 5 successive defeats and just one win in 10 video games.
Bournemouth have been lacking eight gamers by way of damage however, after failing to file a shot on the right track within the defeat towards Liverpool final weekend, they made life far tougher for Chelsea.
Ryan Fraser wriggled previous Antonio Rudiger on the proper of the Chelsea space and drilled a low shot that Kepa Arrizabalaga saved at his close to put up.
Mason Mount was again within the Chelsea line-up instead of Mateo Kovacic and the younger midfielder had an opportunity to open the scoring when Jorginho picked out his run into the Bournemouth space with a fragile cross.
Mount managed properly on his chest, however Aaron Ramsdale pushed away the shot.
That was a part of an early Chelsea barrage by which Tammy Abraham information a half-volley simply large from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross.
Heading into this weekend, Chelsea had scored solely 11 targets at Stamford Bridge this season as they struggled to search out the leading edge required to interrupt down groups content material to sit down deep.
With Bournemouth following that technique, Chelsea as soon as once more discovered it onerous to show territorial dominance into tangible reward.
Chelsea’s followers have been rising audibly pissed off till Bournemouth defender Jack Stacey got here inside inches of accidently easing the angst within the stands when he virtually miscued a clearance into his personal web.
It was a uncommon second of menace for Chelsea. By the time Abraham headed over from Willian’s nook simply earlier than the interval, Lampard was starting to look vexed.
Lampard had admitted Chelsea wanted to point out extra creativity within the ultimate third on a number of events in current weeks.
He responded by sending on Kovacic and Callum Hudson-Odoi quickly after half-time, but Chelsea appeared more and more ragged on the again and have been practically caught when Josh King discovered Gosling, who couldn’t convert with the objective at his mercy.
Chelsea lastly labored a sight of objective however left-back Emerson squandered a golden alternative, heading straight at Ramsdale from point-blank vary after Azpilicueta’s header looped into his path.
It was the essential second as Bournemouth made essentially the most of their luck to grab the factors within the 84th minute.
Azpilicueta’s clearance was headed again into the Chelsea space by Jefferson Lerma and the unmarked Gosling hooked the ball over his shoulder and previous Kepa regardless of Azpilicueta’s try to clear off the road.
Initially, the objective was disallowed for offside towards Gosling, however the overview confirmed the midfielder was onside, permitting Bournemouth to have fun wildly as Chelsea stood shell-shocked.
Kovacic tried to rescue a degree in stoppage-time, however his blast was repelled by Ramsdale.