2023/24
Matchweek 38
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Sun 19 May 2024
Kick Off:
Stamford Bridge, London
Att: 39,724
Ref: Anthony Taylor
KOMins
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  • HT
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    49
    78
    80
  • FT
  • WHO'S GOING TO BE YOUR

    MAN OF THE MATCH?

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    Goals from Moises Caicedo and Raheem Sterling secured a 2-1 victory for Chelsea over AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge, ensuring the Blues will play European football next season.

    Chelsea headed into the final match of the campaign on Sunday knowing a win would secure at least a UEFA Europa Conference League spot, and Caicedo put them on course for three points in the first half with a stunning long-range finish.

    Sterling then fired home after the interval to put Mauricio Pochettino's men firmly into the ascendancy, and though a Benoit Badiashile own-goal gave the Cherries hope, Chelsea saw out the victory.

    The win means the Blues finish the campaign in sixth, and if Manchester City beat Manchester United in t

    he FA Cup final next weekend, Chelsea will play in the Europa League next season.

    How the match unfolded

    The hosts started brightly with Nicolas Jackson and Cole Palmer both going close early, while Antoine Semenyo tested Djordje Petrovic at the other end with a dipping effort.

    Caicedo put Chelsea ahead in spectacular fashion, seizing upon Neto's loose clearance before sending an audacious lob into the back of the net from close to the halfway line.

    Chelsea then made it 2-0 moments into the second half, Sterling driving into the box before firing past Neto from a tight angle.

    That two-goal advantage lasted less than two minutes, though, as Enes Unal brought down a cross from the left and lashed goalwards, leading to Badiashile turning into his own net.

    Bournemouth pressed for a leveller late on and nearly found one when Dominic Solanke failed to hit the target in stoppage time, but the hosts held on to confirm they'll be playing European football in 2024/25.

    Chelsea finally flourishing

    It has been another tumultuous season at Stamford Bridge, and doubts are lingering over whether Pochettino will be in charge come the start of next season, but Chelsea's strong form to end the season has certainly been impressive.

    Pochettino finally seems to be getting the best out of his talented, young squad, with the win over Bournemouth making it five straight Premier League victories, the first time they have managed that since 2022 under Thomas Tuchel.

    One of those Blues players who has enjoyed their football of late is Caicedo, and his goal here was the perfect reminder of what a talent he is.

    His first-half strike was the furthest scored in a Premier League fixture since Wayne Rooney for Everton in November 2017 (57.7 yards v West Ham).

    Iraola impresses in first season

    Bournemouth may have finished the season with three straight defeats, but the Cherries have still finished 12th in Andoni Iraola's first season since joining from Rayo Vallecano.

    It looked like Iraola's time in charge at Vitality Stadium could be brief as Bournemouth failed to win any of their first nine Premier League matches of the season.

    But it's been quite the turnaround from the Cherries, who will end the season 22 points above the relegation zone having won 13 Premier League matches, their joint-most in a single campaign, and Bournemouth fans will be looking to the future with optimism.

    Club reports

    Chelsea report | Bournemouth report

    Match officials

    Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: Leigh Doughty. VAR: Rob Jones. Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton.

     

     

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    Club Reports

    Match officials

    Referee: Anthony Taylor

    Fourth Official: Leigh Doughty

    VAR: Robert Jones

    Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton

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        Season So Far

        Chelsea
         
        Bournemouth

        Top Player Stats

          Head-to-Head

          Chelsea
          Total Wins
          8
          Home
          4
          Away
          4
          Bournemouth
          Total Wins
          4
          Home
          1
          Away
          3

          Played

          14

          Draws 2

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