Premier League: AFC Bournemouth 0 – 0 Chelsea

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Chelsea’s struggles continue, with a familiar tale unfolding both on and off the pitch at the Vitality Stadium. Disgruntled Chelsea fans voiced their displeasure with boos at the final whistle as frustration mounted over yet another draw and a second consecutive failure to score.

Thiago Silva epitomized the disappointment among Mauricio Pochettino’s players, wearing a stern expression and gazing at the ground. Subsequently, substitute Ben Chilwell’s attempt to apologize to the away supporters backfired when some responded with jeers.

Most of Chelsea’s players, with bowed heads, swiftly made their way off the pitch.

The recurring theme of dominating possession but squandering chances and lacking a cutting edge led to anger from the traveling fans and a downcast demeanor among Chelsea’s stars.

Despite an extensive summer spending spree, approximately £400 million, Chelsea’s fortunes have seen little improvement. Following just one win in their final 11 league matches last season, Chelsea has managed only one victory in their opening five games of this season, which came against Premier League newcomers Luton Town.

They have amassed three points on only five occasions this year, a far cry from expectations. What’s more, goalkeeper Robert Sanchez played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s ability to earn any points on this trip to the south coast, making two outstanding saves.

Pochettino pointed to Chelsea’s injury woes as a defense for their subpar season start. Their problems worsened before the Bournemouth match, with Moises Caicedo and Noni Madueke returning from international duty with injuries, and Marc Cucurella falling ill. In total, 12 players were missing, and their bench included six players who had never played for Chelsea’s first team, including two goalkeepers.

One concern is that Christopher Nkunku, the one attacking player on the list who could make an immediate impact on their goal-scoring, won’t be available for some time.

Chelsea struggled significantly once again against Bournemouth, who are still seeking their first three points under Andoni Iraola. However, they would have left the pitch in higher spirits than Chelsea after achieving their first clean sheet of the season and ending the match in control.

Chelsea came close to breaking the deadlock twice in the first half. Mykhailo Mudryk, making his first start of the season, combined well with Nicolas Jackson, who hit the post with a slightly scuffed shot from outside the box. Conor Gallagher also forced Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto into a sharp save down low to his right just before half-time, after being set up by Mudryk.

There were other first-half chances for Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher, and Raheem Sterling. However, Bournemouth could have taken the lead if not for an impressive save from Sanchez, who blocked Dango Ouattara’s attempt after Chelsea switched off from a quick Cherries free-kick.

Chelsea believed they had opened the scoring six minutes into the second half when Sterling’s free-kick struck the woodwork, and Levi Colwill converted the rebound. However, Colwill’s celebrations were short-lived as he was ruled offside.

Chelsea’s failure to score despite their dominance left them vulnerable, and Bournemouth gained encouragement in the final 20 minutes. Chelsea continued to apply pressure but couldn’t find the net.

Ultimately, the game ended without a goal, leaving both sides with mixed feelings.

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