Chelsea’s winning start to the Premier League campaign under Maurizio Sarri continued against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Second-half strikes from substitute Pedro and Eden Hazard ensured Chelsea edged past Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth 2-0 at the Stamford Bridge.

The visitors had defended with grit and determination to keep the home team at bay for long and had a few chances of their own to get ahead in the game. However, a 72nd minute strike from Pedro, after neat inter-play with fellow substitute Olivier Giroud put Chelsea ahead.

Five minutes from full-time, Hazard combined with Marcos Alonso to fire home the second and put the result beyond a doubt. The win meant Chelsea kept up with leaders Liverpool with 12 points from four games, while Bournemouth succumbed to their first defeat of the season.

Pedro, who came on and changed the complexion of the game with his third goal of the season, drew praises from fans, with many questioning Sarri’s decision to bench him in favour of Willian on the day;

Marcos Alonso once again shone for the West Londoners with some excellent attacking play from the left-back position. Having struck the post in the first period, the Spaniard combined brilliantly with Hazard for the second goal and that wasn’t lost on the fans;

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