Chelsea’s quest for a much-needed victory hit a stumbling block as they were held to a goalless draw by Bournemouth. This result leaves the Blues with just one win from their first five Premier League matches, while Bournemouth’s struggles at the Vitality Stadium continue with only one win in their last eight league games at home.
The match started with Chelsea showing determination to avoid a fourth consecutive away league loss for the first time in two decades. They launched several attacks and created early chances. Conor Gallagher’s perfectly weighted pass found Raheem Sterling, but his attempt went harmlessly across the face of the goal. Moments later, Nicolas Jackson’s powerful shot hit the post, leaving the Blues frustrated.
However, Chelsea’s defensive vulnerabilities were exposed when they were caught off guard from a set-piece. Fortunately for the visitors, goalkeeper Robert Sánchez made a crucial save to deny Dango Ouattara’s shot. This served as a wake-up call for the Blues, who then intensified their efforts to break the deadlock.
As the first half progressed, Chelsea continued to create scoring opportunities. Sterling and Gallagher came close with their close-range efforts, but failed to convert. Despite their dominance, the Blues have yet to trail at half-time in the Premier League this season. On the other hand, Bournemouth have also struggled to take the lead at the break.
Mykhailo Mudryk was a standout performer for Chelsea in the first half, winning a free-kick on the edge of the box. Sterling, who had been the most threatening player for the Blues, stepped up to take the set-piece. His curling shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced off the goalline before the assistant referee raised the flag against Levi Colwill, who tapped in the rebound.
It was a familiar story for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, as they failed to find the finishing touch. Jackson and Colwill both missed golden opportunities during a goalmouth scramble. Sensing that victory was within their grasp, Bournemouth pushed forward, with Dominic Solanke forcing a save from Sánchez. Chelsea substitutes Cole Palmer and Ian Maatsen also squandered chances in the dying minutes of the game.
Ultimately, the frantic finale ended without a goal, and both teams had to settle for a point. This draw will undoubtedly please Bournemouth more, especially after conceding a devastating last-gasp equalizer in their previous match. However, the search for a first Premier League win of the season continues for both teams.