Chelsea continued their charge towards Premier League glory with an eleventh consecutive victory in the competition, setting a club record, as they saw off Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge to cap-off a superb festive period for the Blues.
It wasn’t quite as comfortable as Chelsea fans would have anticipated but, with Diego Costa suspended and Michy Batshuayi on the bench once again, the Blues lacked a genuine striker but it didn’t seem to be too much of an issue for Antonio Conte’s side.
Now guaranteed top-spot for the New Year, Chelsea are looking pretty unstoppable today and their phenomenal run continued thanks to goals from Pedro Rodriguez and Eden Hazard, with the two wide-men creating havoc throughout the game.
Summing it up will be pleasing viewing for the Chelsea fans enjoying Christmas, whilst Bournemouth are unlikely to be too distressed as they’d have expected this result.
Travelling to Stamford Bridge to face a side that have been nigh-impossible to break down in recent months, Bournemouth knew they had a huge challenge in hand and that their squad would need to perform valiantly to get anything from the game.
Bournemouth have been the football-figure of sticking together through thick and thin in the past decade and the Cherries were no different before their clash in West London, although it didn’t help Eddie Howe’s side get anything from the game.
24 minutes into the match, Chelsea took the lead through Spanish talisman Pedro Rodriguez and the former Barcelona man continued his tremendous season. After a woeful inaugural debut season in the Premier League, Pedro has been a stand-out figure in Chelsea’s turnaround this year.
It gave Chelsea the perfect platform to build upon and settled any nerves of Bournemouth securing anything from the game, as the Cherries found themselves having a mountain to climb before the game even reached the half hour mark.
Any hope of Bournemouth coming back in the match ended in the second-half, when Simon Francis conceded a penalty for a clumsy tackle on Eden Hazard. Against a side like the Blues, you don’t need to hand them a chance on a plate but the Cherries did exactly that.
Of course, we all know what happened next.
The celebrations from Chelsea were fairly subdued but the importance of the goal was crucial, as Eden Hazard’s penalty doubled the Blues’ advantage and put Antonio Conte’s side on-course for a club-record 12th consecutive victory.
From here, the game was always going to be Chelsea’s and the Blues saw the game out with little problems to extend their advantage at the top of the table.
Man of the Match for Chelsea, Pedro Rodriguez doubled his tally for the afternoon with a late goal against Chelsea to extend Chelsea’s advantage to three. Now having a hand in ten goals at Stamford Bridge this season, five goals and five assists, the Catalan icon is a crucial part of Conte’s side.