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Chelsea player ratings vs Bournemouth as Havertz and Mason Mount impress, Match report & fan reaction

Chelsea headed into the match on a poor run of form that had seen them slip down to 8th in the division ahead of the Premier League return.

As a result, Graham Potter and co. will have been desperate to grab three points on Tuesday.

And when all was said and done, Chelsea came away with the three points.

Chelsea started the better of the two sides and had a penalty shout 11 minutes in but it was waved away by the ref and VAR did not overturn the decision.

But Chelsea would take the lead 15 minutes in. Mason Mount played in Raheem Sterling who put the ball across the box for an onrushing Kai Havertz whose shot went under the keeper.

Chelsea’s pressure continued after the opener, with Mason Mount getting their second goal. Mount found Zakaria in the box, with the ball eventually coming back out to the midfielder who curled in a lovely effort.

The Blues then thought they had a third goal on the stroke of half-time but Havertz was adjudged to have made a foul in the build-up.

Chelsea’s grip on the game was loosened somewhat in the second 45 but they still largely kept Bournemouth at bay. Reece James was also taken off after 50 minutes due to an injury, though it did not appear to be anything too serious.

Despite this, Bournemouth were unable to really test the west Londoners during the remainder of the game.

Kepa Arrizabalaga – Had nothing to do, virtually. 7.

Reece James – Chelsea look a different team when he’s in the side. Looked a threat as always, bit disaster struck and he came off injured in the second-half. 7.

Thiago Silva – Picked up a knock early on but continued. Very calm in possession and a rock defensively. 7.

Kalidou Koulibaly – Starting at right centre-back alongside Silva. Did well. Sloppy in possession a couple of times. 6.

Marc Cucurella – Pressed well when Chelsea were trying to get up the pitch. Didn’t do too much wrong. Looked solid. 7.

Jorginho – Gave away possession a couple of times in the first-half. Improved in the second, but wasn’t Chelsea’s strongest performer on the evening. 6.

Denis Zakaria – A risky, but ultimately brilliant sliding tackle in the first-half. Did really well for Mount’s goal, where he bursted into the box. Aggression and physicality; something Chelsea’s midfield has missed. 7.

Mason Mount – Superb finish for the second goal. He definitely needed that. Looked good throughout the game. 8.

Raheem Sterling – Puts it on a plate for Kai Havertz to score. Excellent low cross and continued to look a threat down the right-hand side. Still needs to be more decisive in front of goal, however. 8.

Kai Havertz – Proper striker’s movement and finish for the early goal. That’s something we want to see more from Havertz. Also, lovely lay-off for Mount’s goal. 9.

Christian Pulisic – Looked a threat on the left. Unlucky not to have a goal himself after Havertz’s foul ensured his strike was disallowed. Did well, though. 7.

Substitutes

Cesar Azpilicueta – Came on early in the second period. Looked solid enough. 6.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – N/A.

Conor Gallagher – N/A.

Trevoh Chalobah – N/A.

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