Chelsea have exceeded the expectations of many this season. Following the instability that the club faced last term, many predicted that they would struggle to achieve a top-four finish this season, which would undoubtedly result in them losing key man Eden Hazard next summer.
When Nathan Ake left his native Netherlands for the glamour of London, it was not without controversy. Like many before him, bright young things attracted admiring glances from Europe’s elite and when Chelsea saw a 15-year-old Ake bamboozle their youth team in a Willem II junior tournament, the Blues swiftly moved to lure the talented teenager to England.
Following three wins from their opening three Premier League matches this season, Chelsea made it four from four with a 2-0 home win over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. The goals came from Pedro and Eden Hazard in the second half as it looked like the game might end goalless.
Chelsea confirmed their place in the Carabao Cup semi-final with a narrow 2-1 win over a plucky Bournemouth side, while Manchester United were shocked by a loss against Championship side, Bristol City, via the same scoreline.
Chelsea secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday as they kept pace in the race for Champions League football next season. Manchester City kept their incredible run going with a 4-1 thumping of Tottenham, which strengthened the Blues’ grip on third place – but Antonio Conte’s men remain 14 points behind the high-flying Citizens.
Eden Hazard scored the only goal as Chelsea beat Bournemouth at the Dean Court stadium on Saturday.
Antonio Conte will be looking for his Chelsea side to perform well against a Bournemouth side that sits 19th in the Premier League table.