Chelsea winger, Victor Moses is yet to prove his mettle under the blues’ new coach, Maurizio Sarri, as the super eagles star was again left on the bench against Bournemouth, who had Jordon Ibe on only for the last ten minutes and Nathan Ake on for the duration.
While Moses watched from the bench, The Blues relied on late goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard to get a 2-0 victory over Ibe’s team in Saturday’s English Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
Bournemouth held their own during the opening three quarters of the match in West London, but clinical strikes from two of Chelsea’s flair players made the difference.
Marcos Alonso saw a first-time effort comfortably saved by Begovic and moments later, former Chelsea man Nathan Ake squandered the chance to put his team in front at the other end when firing over from no more than three yards out.
Sarri reacted by introducing both Olivier Giroud and Pedro, and it took less than 10 minutes for the pair to combine to give Chelsea what was a deserved advantage.
The duo played a sharp one-two on the edge of the penalty area and after Pedro had took a touch to set himself from 18 yards, the Spaniard’s resulting shot took a slight deflection on its way into the bottom corner of the net.
The goal forced Bournemouth to push forward in search of an equaliser but despite a change in approach, Chelsea continued to control the match and a second goal arrived five minutes from the end of the contest
Alonso picked up the ball on the left-hand side before threading a pass through to Hazard, who wasted little time before drilling a low effort into the far corner of Begovic’s net.
Bournemouth almost halved the deficit through Ryan Fraser – who curled the ball agonisingly wide of the far post from distance – but Chelsea were full value for their win and will be delighted with the start to their season heading into the international break.
Sarri’s side now sit in second place in the standings after registering a fourth successive win, with just goal difference separating The Blues and Liverpool.