Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth: Post-match analysis
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Chelsea's top four hopes were dealt a massive blow on Saturday night as they were defeated 1-0 at home to Bournemouth.

The reigning Premier League champions are now languishing in 14th place, 18 points off the pace.

Chelsea fail to make possession count

Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth
63% Possession 37%
19 Total Shots 15
6 Shots on Target 5
10 Fouls 13

(Statistics: SkySports Score Centre)

In a game that Chelsea dominated during spells, they failed to make this superiority count. The Blues had chances in both halves which they failed to take.

Although possession was massively in Chelsea's favour, Bournemouth more than matched the champions for shots on goal - which ultimately saw them snatch a late goal.

Costa unable to make impact

It was much publicised last week about the spat between Diego Costa and manager Jose Mourinho. Things though seemed to be resolved against Bournemouth as Costa made a substitutes appearance at half time.

Oscar was replaced by the striker at half time, with Mourinho hoping that Costa could break the deadlock and try to get amongst the Bournemouth backline.

The Blues created opportunities before and after Costa's introduction, but Artur Boruc - the Bournemouth goalkeeper - was equal to whatever Chelsea threw at him.

If the Spanish international couldn't make an impact against the team that have the joint-worst defensive record in the Premier League, then Chelsea's attacking woes are only just beginning.

Costa did little apart from nearly getting sent off (photo: reuters)

Jose under pressure

When the match ended boo's were heard around Stamford Bridge, with Mourinho the man who is feeling the brunt of that pressure. You can never rule out the Portuguese manager though, with his CV as good as any other manager in the game. However, we may have seen the Chelsea boss admit defeat after the game.

The Blues boss has acknowledged in previous weeks that they may have to settle for a top for spot this season and fail to defend their title. But the Bournemouth game saw him admit that top six is now the new aim.

Mourinho told Sky Sports that 'now we maybe have to think about top six' and confessed that he was 'concerned' for his Chelsea side.

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