12152017

Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth: Jose Mourinho’s men are beaten at Stamford Bridge AGAIN after Glenn Murray’s late winning goal

Chelsea’s season was meandering on towards mediocrity at Stamford Bridge when it was suddenly tossed on to the rapids again. Labouring towards a goalless draw against lowly, injury-ravaged Bournemouth, Chelsea were sunk by a late winner from the visitors’ substitute Glenn Murray. It was his first touch.

Boos rang around the ground again when the final whistle confirmed another Chelsea defeat in this season that has been startling for its ordinariness. The idea that Jose Mourinho’s job might be under pressure has been banished for a while but this reverse put it back on the agenda.

Chelsea are now 14 points behind Manchester United, who occupy fourth place in the Premier League, and even though none of the top teams are showing much appetite for the title chase, it is looking increasingly unlikely that Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League next season. 

Glenn Murray pictured scoring the winner for Bournemouth in the 82nd minute as Chelsea lost yet again this season

Glenn Murray pictured scoring the winner for Bournemouth in the 82nd minute as Chelsea lost yet again this season

Chelsea fell to their eighth defeat of the season as they were left three points above the Premier League’s relegation zone

Bournemouth's away end celebrate with their players after their winner in the 82nd minute as they stunned Chelsea

Bournemouth’s away end celebrate with their players after their winner in the 82nd minute as they stunned Chelsea

Bournemouth celebrate after their goal in the 82nd minute as Chelsea fell behind at Stamford Bridge yet again

Bournemouth celebrate after their goal in the 82nd minute as Chelsea fell behind at Stamford Bridge yet again

Murray celebrates his goal after Bournemouth took the lead against Chelsea late in the game at Stamford Bridge

Murray celebrates his goal after Bournemouth took the lead against Chelsea late in the game at Stamford Bridge

Murray's goal for Bournemouth sparked a debate as to whether it was offside and should have been disallowed by the linesman

Murray’s goal for Bournemouth sparked a debate as to whether it was offside and should have been disallowed by the linesman

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho pictured sat on the bench  as Bournemouth frustrated and beat the champions

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho pictured sat on the bench as Bournemouth frustrated and beat the champions

Mourinho looked annoyed on the touchline as Chelsea struggled to find a breakthrough before Bournemouth scored their winner

Mourinho looked annoyed on the touchline as Chelsea struggled to find a breakthrough before Bournemouth scored their winner

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS, PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois 7; Ivanovic 5, Zouma 5.5, Cahill 6, Baba 5 (Traore 82); Fabregas 5.5 (Remy 82), Matic 5; Willian 6.5, Oscar 5 (Costa 46, 6), Pedro 6.5; Hazard 6

Subs (not used): Begovic, Mikel, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek

Goal: Murray (82)

Booked: Pedro, Costa

Manager: Mourinho 5

Bournemouth (4-5-1): Boruc 7; Smith 7, Francis 7.5, Cook 7, Daniels 7; Surman 6.5, Ritchie 6.5, Gosling 7, Arter 7.5, Stanislas 8; King 8.5 (Murray 79, 7)

Subs (not used): Rantie, Kermorgant, Allsop, O’Kane, Butcher, Cargill

Booked: Surman

Manager: Howe 9

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How Murray scored Bournemouth's winner at Chelsea. Click here for all the stats and heat maps in our Match Zone service

How Murray scored Bournemouth’s winner at Chelsea. Click here for all the stats and heat maps in our Match Zone service

If there was one consolation for Mourinho, it was that Diego Costa, relegated once again to the bench, managed to get through the first half without chucking his bib at him. Even that bonus was spoiled by the fact that when Costa came on after the interval, he was as ineffective in front of goal as he has been all season.

Chelsea huffed and puffed throughout the match. They squandered several good chances and Eden Hazard and Willian provided some moments of wonderful quality. But overall, they looked pedestrian, predictable and drained of the confidence that coursed through them last season.

Quite where they go from here is hard to see. 

They were at least bolstered by the return of Thibault Courtois in goal and he made several crucial saves. But their domestic season is a mess and as the festive programme approaches, it is close to the point of being unsalvageable. They have not won a league game since October 17.

Chelsea had started confidently, with Hazard and Willian swapping flicks and backheels in the first minute and Hazard bringing a parried save out of Boruc. But when Hazard dwelled too long on the ball in his own half soon afterwards, it was Bournemouth who created the game’s first real chance.

The ball found Junior Stanislas at the back post but his fierce goalbound shot was blocked by Gary Cahill before it could test Courtois on his return to the first team after injury. 

Diego Costa started on the bench for Chelsea and is pictured here behind manager Mourinho taking off his bib

Diego Costa started on the bench for Chelsea and is pictured here behind manager Mourinho taking off his bib

Costa caused controversy last week when he seemingly threw his bib towards Mourinho, who dropped the striker to the bench again

Costa caused controversy last week when he seemingly threw his bib towards Mourinho, who dropped the striker to the bench again

Costa pictured stretching on the touchline as he watched the first half from the sidelines at Stamford Bridge

Costa pictured stretching on the touchline as he watched the first half from the sidelines at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea went in at half time at 0-0 with Costa absent from the starting line-up at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening

Chelsea went in at half time at 0-0 with Costa absent from the starting line-up at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening

Costa came off the bench for the second half as Chelsea looked to the striker to inspire them to beat Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge

Costa came off the bench for the second half as Chelsea looked to the striker to inspire them to beat Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea striker Costa reacts angrily to referee Mike Jones after receiving a yellow card during his second-half performance

Chelsea striker Costa reacts angrily to referee Mike Jones after receiving a yellow card during his second-half performance

Costa was introduced to try to turn the game in Chelsea's favour but the striker failed to inspire them as Bournemouth won

Costa was introduced to try to turn the game in Chelsea’s favour but the striker failed to inspire them as Bournemouth won

Costa appeared to square up to referee Jones as Chelsea chased the win on Saturday against the visitors

Costa appeared to square up to referee Jones as Chelsea chased the win on Saturday against the visitors

CHELSEA CAN’T CATCH UP 

With 23 games left to play, it’s now mathematically impossible for Chelsea to match their points tally from last season (87)

Bournemouth hit their stride, zipping the ball around, playing with the kind of technical confidence rare in the Premier League. Their control was excellent, their movement superb. Chelsea found it hard to get near them.

A lightning counter-attack ended with Courtois having to save low from Stanislas and then, after quarter of an hour, Courtois came to Chelsea’s rescue again, getting down fast to his left to push away a fierce low shot from Joshua King.

Several inviting Chelsea crosses curled across the face of the Bournemouth area without an attacking player getting anywhere near it and after half an hour, Costa began to warm up on the touchline, a green big over his white club track suit top.

Costa warmed up for 15 minutes, during which time Hazard and Pedro forced good saves out of Boruc and a couple more crosses fizzed across goal. He came back to the dug-out just before half time. He edged behind Mourinho and sat down. He kept his bib on. 

Costa had this glorious chance to score the opener for Chelsea in the second half but Bournemouth survived before going on to win

Costa had this glorious chance to score the opener for Chelsea in the second half but Bournemouth survived before going on to win

Costa looks frustrated after missing the chance to give Chelsea the lead following his introduction as a substitute

Costa looks frustrated after missing the chance to give Chelsea the lead following his introduction as a substitute

Nemanja Matic had a good chance to score from a header in the second half but his effort sailed over the crossbar

Nemanja Matic had a good chance to score from a header in the second half but his effort sailed over the crossbar

Pedro attempts an overhead kick during Chelsea's match with Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday evening

Pedro attempts an overhead kick during Chelsea’s match with Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday evening

He was rewarded for his patience – and his bib-discipline – at the interval when Mourinho brought him on for Oscar. Stamford Bridge received the news of his recall with a huge cheer. They expected Costa to take his frustration out on the Bournemouth defence this time, not his manager.

Chelsea started to look more dangerous. A cross from Willian, hit with curl and pace, swung across the face of the Bournemouth goal and was headed over the bar at the back post by the masked Matic. A few minutes later, Costa’s header from a corner was hacked off the line.

Costa, inevitably, was soon at the centre of everything, wrestling with Bournemouth players, bundling them over, appealing madly, looking on with dismayed devastation whenever a decision was given against him.

He deserved some sympathy just after an hour when Simon Francis slid in to block Costa’s cross inside the area and it hit the Bournemouth skipper’s trailing arm. It looked like a penalty. Mike Jones waved play on. 

Bournemouth's Joshua King looked impressive during the first half as the visitors threatened to score in the first half against Chelsea

Bournemouth’s Joshua King looked impressive during the first half as the visitors threatened to score in the first half against Chelsea

Eden Hazard tries to bring the ball under control as he and Chelsea's attackers faced a resilient Bournemouth at home

Eden Hazard tries to bring the ball under control as he and Chelsea’s attackers faced a resilient Bournemouth at home

Willian pictured in a tussle with Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas as Chelsea tried to get a foothold in the game

Willian pictured in a tussle with Bournemouth’s Junior Stanislas as Chelsea tried to get a foothold in the game

Bournemouth were pinned back in their own half now. Matt Ritchie had whistled a shot over the bar earlier but it was an isolated break out. Willian and Pedro came more and more to the fore and Ivanovic found increasing freedom to cross from the right.

Some beautiful interplay between Hazard and Fabregas freed the right back again 18 minutes from time but with Costa lurking at the back post, Ivanovic overhit his cross. Fabregas put his head in his hands. On the touchline, Mourinho turned away in frustration.

It got worse. Two minutes later, Ivanovic was through again and this time it seemed as though Chelsea would pass the ball into the net. Pedro and Costa were both waiting in the middle but Ivanovic slid his cross just too far ahead of Pedro and his slight touch took it away from Costa at the back post.

Then, eight minutes from the end, Bournemouth hit Chelsea with a sucker punch. Courtois flapped at a corner from the Chelsea left and even though Steve Cook slipped as he turned the ball back across goal, it squirted to Murray, who nodded it firmly into an empty net.

‘We’ve got the Special One,’ the Bournemouth fans sang to their manager, Eddie Howe. Right now, Mourinho is struggling to justify that tag.  

Chelsea manager Mourinho pictured on the touchline as Bournemouth frustrated the Premier League champions

Chelsea manager Mourinho pictured on the touchline as Bournemouth frustrated the Premier League champions

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe dishes out instructions to his players during their Premier League match at Stamford Bridge

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe dishes out instructions to his players during their Premier League match at Stamford Bridge

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