Chelsea stop the rot with first win under Lampard
After a series of consecutive defeats, Chelsea finally secured their first win under interim coach Lampard with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth.
Chelsea had become a vulnerable target for many teams in recent times, but Lampard’s team surprisingly played well in their away match at Vitality Stadium in the 35th round of the Premier League, leaving with all three points and preventing the home team from being relegated early.
The away team had dominant ball control from the kick-off, but one of Chelsea’s biggest weaknesses this season has been their ability to organize attacks. Lampard’s squad did not have many options to penetrate the opponent’s defense, so they did not have many opportunities to score.
In the 9th minute, Kante crossed the ball from the right for Gallagher to head in from about 6 meters, opening the scoring. Chelsea’s joy did not last long as in the 21st minute, the home team had a good attacking chance and Vina scored from the edge of the penalty area, sending the ball into the top right corner, making it impossible for Kepa to save.
The two teams played a tug-of-war for a long time with no goals. Both teams’ ability to create attacking opportunities was not impressive, so the match lacked many scoring chances.
Surprises came in the second half when Lampard’s adjustments quickly took effect. In the 82nd minute, substitute Ziyech’s excellent free kick set up Badiashile to score with his thigh, increasing the score to 2-1.
This goal helped boost Chelsea’s players’ confidence, and they played quite comfortably. In the 86th minute, Sterling made a strong breakthrough on the left wing, passing the ball to Felix, who scored with a good close-range shot into the left corner. Two quick goals in four minutes turned the game in favor of the away team, and Chelsea confidently held onto their lead until the end of the match.
The victory against Bournemouth lifted Chelsea to 42 points and one place up to 11th in the Premier League standings. Although Chelsea cannot reach a European cup spot for next season, they can be assured that they will not be relegated.
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