BOURNEMOUTH 1-3 CHELSEA: MARCUS ALONSO'S STUNNING FREE-KICK TAKE BLUES ANOTHER STEP CLOSER TO TH
Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have all failed to win at Bournemouth but Chelsea players rose to the challenge after Spurs had crushed Watford earlier in the day to close the gap.
Even Josh King making it 2-1 before half time did not stop Chelsea who were far too good for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.
Chelsea boss Conte was angry that referee Andre Marriner missed a clear handball by Smith in the build-up to Bournemouth’s goal and was still protesting with the officials at half time.
Chelsea's position became even better in the form of a brilliant free-kick by Marcos Alonso, as the Spaniard curled into the top corner of the goal
Bournemouth had been given hope after Josh King's goal before half-time
Diego Costa celebrates with Eden Hazard after scoring Chelsea’s second goal
Eden Hazard was picked out by an excellent ball from N’Golo Kante to move into the Bournemouth area
The picture showed that Diego Costa’s effort at goal was completely re-aligned via the deflection
Although it was an own goal by Adam Smith, Diego Costa celebrated it anyway because it was his effort.
Bournemouth defenders tried their best, but Eden Hazard was too much for them as he fired the ball in for 2-1
Blues striker Diego Costa pictured as he takes his shot at goal – but the ball hit Adam Smith and went in Scroll down and watch the video
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My opinion: Can the rest of the pack catch Chelsea? I doubt it as Antonio Conte's players will never allow it to happen