Bournemouth vs Chelsea Preview: Cherries look to halt Blues' march to title

And Conte thinks Chelsea "deserved" their victory over Bournemouth, who drop down to fifteenth in the Premier League table.

Josh King pulled one back for Bournemouth, only for Marcos Alonso's stunning free kick to seal victory for Chelsea.

Whatever part Hazard played in Jose Mourinho's December 2015 sacking, however hurtful Chelsea's 10th-place finish last term, all that will pale away on receipt of this season's league crown.

"I'm not feeling anything other than we need to win some more games".

But, with the pressure mounting in the closing weeks of the season, Chelsea showed nerves of steel as Adam Smith's own goal and strikes from Hazard and Marcos Alonso wrapped up a vital win. We are all going in the same direction and that's very important.

And uninterested in resting on their laurels, their lead was doubled when Hazard latched onto a long ball over the Bournemouth defence from N'Golo Kante, rounded goalkeeper Artur Boruc and slotted home from a tight angle.

Fraser fired narrowly wide four minutes after the interval as Bournemouth continued to threaten, then Costa failed to turn Alonso's low cross home as he sought his 50th Premier League goal.

Bournemouth could earn three successive home wins for the first time since a similar sequence between September and October past year.

Diego Costa has now gone five Chelsea matches without a goal but it was his shot that Smith deflected in and he went close twice more.

Tottenham host Bournemouth this coming weekend while Chelsea face a trip to Manchester United.

The only effect it had on Chelsea was to energise them, as Conte pretty much admitted.

That's because Tottenham are on a six-game winning streak and look unlikely to give up the fight until the title is mathematically out of reach. It was a pity to concede and then we suffered a bit, but in the second half we managed the game very well, we scored another goal, and we could have scored goals to improve the result against a really good team, with good organisation and a good coach.

After having failed to pick up a win in 2017 before their thrilling 3-2 win over Slaven Bilic's West Ham, Bournemouth have rediscovered their form and have lost only one game in their recent run.

"For sure it is important in every game to try to take three points and this game will be very tough". They could win three in a row for just the second time in the competition (also in October 2016).



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