Pedro, Hazard on Target as Chelsea see off Bournemouth

Chelsea’s impressive start to the season under new manager Maurizio Sarri continues as the maintained their perfect start to the season with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Blues seemed to be in danger of dropping their first points of the season against opponents who were also unbeaten coming into this game.

Despite spells of possession, it wasn’t until the 44th minute that the hosts looked likely to find a way past Asmir Begovic, the former Blues keeper, when Marcos Alonso struck a right foot shot against the post from the edge of the penalty box.

And Bournemouth, who’d won on two of their last three visits to Stamford Bridge, came mighty close to taking the lead 12 minutes into the second half when Nathan Ake missed a clear chance, spooning over from just four yards following a corner.

But all the fears were out the door for Sarri’s men when substitute Pedro, on for Willian after 65 minutes, struck the opening goal just seven minutes later.

Eden Hazard wrapped up the win in the 85th minute at Stamford Bridge with an incisive finish following another assist from Alonso to make it four wins from four league games this season.

The victory takes Chelsea level on points with Liverpool at the summit of the table after Jurgen Klopp’s side edged Leicester 2-1 earlier in the day.

Elsewhere, West Ham’s wretched start to the season under new manager Manuel Pellegrini continued with a 1-0 home loss to high-flying Wolves, while Southampton registered their first win of the campaign with a 2-0 thumping at Crystal Palace.

Glenn Murray scored twice as Brighton and Howe forced Fulham to a 2-2 draw as unbeaten Everton were held to a 1-1 draw by Huddersfield.

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