11 April, 2017
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte insists he has no smell of the Premier League title just yet, despite his team's win over Bournemouth.
There are a lot of statistics that Conte will be proud of from his first season in English football, but Chelsea's current defensive record won't be one of them.
There were many other opportunities for the Spain global to do that though, but he just didn't take them. They show that intensity and focus that their manager has spent so long talking about it.
It's only been two games, but Chelsea fans were relieved to see the Nigeria global back in the first XI tonight.
It was probably precisely that willingness, however, that initially made it that bit easier for Conte's side.
That was lucky but the next strike just two minutes later was luscious.
The most impressive player this season besides Eden Hazard has to be N'Golo Kante.
Hazard took it down beautifully before nearly falling down himself, but still had the grace to so elegantly send it into the corner from an angle.
Benik Afobe volleyed against the post for Bournemouth before Josh King reduced the arrears in the 42nd minute with an effort that fizzed past Thibaut Courtois via a deflection off David Luiz.More news: Schools close amid Wisconsin manhunt for gun theft suspect
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Bournemouth were back in the game, and Jack Wilshere was looking back on his game.
If Bournemouth weren't going to take chances like that, though, it meant they weren't going to take anything from this game.
Diego Costa's poor play and the failure to keep a clean sheet were the only black marks on what was otherwise a pleasant day in our white kits in the sun.
In fact, one reason why they are the best team in the country is because they are by far the best at controlling the shape and pace of a game.
Arguably the worst of the lot followed some fine centre forward play, but when Marcus Alonso's cross came in he somehow missed the ball when standing a few yards out. There were just no avenues, no openings. The Spaniard stepped up in the 68th minute and he floated it over the wall before Chelsea cruised until the full-time whistle.
Mauricio Pochettino's side are now in touching distance and have won their last six consecutive league games. Since November, Alonso has scored more goals than any other Premier League defender as he repays the fee that Antonio Conte chose to spend on him.
Chelsea failed to increase their lead through Costa and others, but Bournemouth finally looked beaten, and in the end two goal margin was enough to see them back to London with another big three points in the title race safely up on the board.