Chelsea beat Bournemouth and returned to winning ways

London: Chelsea returned to winning ways as they scored early on Tuesday to secure a 2-0 triumph over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in their first Premier League win since mid-October.

Kai Havertz and Mason Mount both produced dominant performances in the first half but the hosts will feel they could have won by a bigger margin given the possession they enjoyed and the chances they created.

Chelsea ended a five-game streak without a win to move up one spot to eighth in the league standings.

Bournemouth have now lost four of their last five league games and remain 14th on 16 points.

Havertz put Chelsea ahead after 16 minutes at the end of a quick move down the middle, started by Jorginho, supported by Mount and then Raheem Sterling delivering a perfect cross to the back post for the German to go into the net.

The rapid movement of the ball was characteristic of the home side’s approach, overwhelming Bournemouth in every department.

Chelsea extended their lead in the 23rd minute at the end of another stormy forward drive involving several players before Havertz moved Mount back to net a right-footed curler from outside the box.

Chelsea, with seven World Cup players in the starting XI, had Reece James back after a knee injury that missed him at the tournament in Qatar and the England right-back wasted no time in recalling his qualities.

However, he was sent off early in the second half, visibly upset when he appeared to develop new knee problems.

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Ryan Sederquist

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