Saturday 15 December 2018

Giroud can't start firing quick enough for limp Chelsea

Chelsea 0 Bournemouth 3

AFC Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser (left) and Chelsea's Marcos Alonso (right) battle for the ball. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire
AFC Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser (left) and Chelsea's Marcos Alonso (right) battle for the ball. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire

Matt Law

Olivier Giroud must have thought he was leaving nights like this behind him when he swapped Arsenal for Chelsea.

But just 24 hours after seeing the Gunners concede three goals to Swansea City, Giroud watched his new Chelsea team-mates fall to an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Bournemouth.

Second-half goals from Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake made it an unhappy introduction to his new surroundings for Giroud.

At least, on this evidence, Giroud can be confident of not having to wait too long to make his Chelsea debut as the home side were completely toothless without a recognised striker in their line-up.

There was as much interest among the Chelsea fans on matters off the pitch as what happened on it. New signings Giroud and Emerson Palmieri were at Stamford Bridge even though they were not eligible to play.

They were presented to the crowd at half-time who, at the time, were optimistic of three points. Within minutes, the mood had changed as Bournemouth took a shock 51st-minute lead.

Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko in action with Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe. Photo: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters
Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko in action with Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe. Photo: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters

Tiemoue Bakayoko lost the ball and Wilson laid it off to Ibe before racing on to the former Liverpool forward's pass and beating goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

As Conte prepared to send on 17-year-old forward Callum Hudson-Odoi for his first Premier League appearance, Bournemouth extended their advantage.

Wilson was the provider this time as he passed to Stanislas and, with Cesar Azpilicueta out of position, he poked the ball home.

Any hope of a Chelsea fightback was killed off just three minutes later, as a corner came back out to Stanislas and Ake diverted his attempted shot into the net.

Bournemouth's Nathan Ake scores their third goal. Photo: David Klein/Reuters
Bournemouth's Nathan Ake scores their third goal. Photo: David Klein/Reuters

It was desperate stuff from Chelsea and nobody could blame the thousands of fans who walked out early. Giroud must have wondered if he was still at the Emirates. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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