Chelsea fans made an exciting observation about Mateo Kovacic in Bournemouth win

Sheila Mcguire
September 1, 2018

The Spaniard has made rapid progress since linking up with the Blues in a £24 million ($31m) deal back in 2016.

Sarri responded by bringing a star-studded Napoli side over to play the Cherries in a pre-season friendly last summer.

PFA Team of the Year recognition has been received, as have further senior worldwide call-ups with Spain.

Stamford Bridge has been a happy hunting ground for Bournemouth - they had won two of their previous Premier League visits and triumphed 3-0 last season - but as Howe made clear prior to kick-off, Chelsea present a very different challenge under Sarri.

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Maurizio Sarri has hailed Marcos Alonso as the best left-back in Europe and believes the Chelsea defender will be regarded as the best in the world if he improves.

"He has great qualities from a physical point of view, and technical point of view".

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.

Bournemouth's English striker Callum Wilson (L) vies with Chelsea's Italian midfielder Jorginho during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in London on September 1, 2018.

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Hazard did put the game to bed five minutes before time with a low strike at the near post making it 2-0 for Chelsea after combining with Alonso. "I think Loftus will be very, very important and very useful to us".

"The first half, the situation was hard". Maybe we needed to move the ball at another speed, and maybe more movements without the ball. They are doing well in the week and the matches. But I always think we can do more.

"For us now it's not important to think of matchday four, it's important to think of the next match".

This was hardly a sparkling performance, but showing this kind of resolve to get the points while still adjusting to Sarri's methods will doubtless please their head coach.

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