Chelsea and Bournemouth played to a goalless draw in their recent Premier League encounter, marking the first 0-0 draw of the 2023/2024 season.
Chelsea’s fans were left disappointed by the team’s performance, and the last-minute actions on the field did little to lift their spirits or instill confidence in the team.
In the dying moments of the match, with the score still level at 0-0 and only one minute of added time remaining, fans expected Chelsea to go all out in pursuit of a late winner. However, footage revealed a different story, with Chelsea’s approach in stark contrast to the fans’ expectations.
This disappointing performance was not an isolated incident for Chelsea, as they had previously faced criticism for their lackluster displays during the season. The fans were left questioning both the players and manager Mauricio Pochettino as they hoped for better results in the future.
Chelsea’s dismal start to the 2023/2024 Premier League season
Chelsea have only managed to win SEVEN games in the calendar year of 2023 in all competitions. In the Premier League season so far, they have drawn two, lost two, and won just once, that win coming at home to newly promoted Luton Town, who are yet to obtain a single point themselves.
To make matters worse for the Blues, in those five games, they’ve managed just five goals, three of which came in the one game, the aforementioned home tie vs Luton. It’s clear to see all is not well at Stamford Bridge right now, and the billion spent over the last two windows hasn’t really helped them.
Chelsea’s efforts in the final minute vs Bournemouth
But that’s a story for another day, and a big story at that, today, we’re focusing on what the Chelsea players were doing in the final minute of the game against Bournemouth, but be warned Chelsea fans, it doesn’t make for great viewing. With the score at 0-0 and three points desperately needed, you would think Pochettino’s men would be throwing everything at their opponents.
Well, in fact, it was the complete opposite. The Chelsea players were happy to keep the ball and pass it around the back for the majority of the final minute, as if they were winning the game and just running down the clock. It started all the way back with goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, who then played it forward to his defenders. You’d think they’d then pump it long to get the ball in the box and cause a bit of chaos among the Bournemouth defence, wrong again, the defenders were happy to pass it among themselves, wasting time in the process.
Considering the score was 0-0 and three points were desperately needed, it’s surprising that the visitors weren’t pushing forward more and getting the ball further up the pitch a lot quicker. There was shockingly no urgency shown by Chelsea, as if they were happy to take the point.
As the final whistle blew, boos were heard in the away section, aimed both at the players and the manager, with some of them getting hefty stick from the fans when they went over to applaud them for their support. But can you blame them? They’ve watched yet another poor display and the team picking up yet another bad result. Couple that with the shocking play in the final minute, and they have every right to be annoyed.