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Bournemouth nearly halved the deficit through Ryan Fraser - who curled the ball agonisingly wide of the far post from distance - but Chelsea were full value for their win and will be delighted with the start to their season heading into the global break.

"I think that now for us it is better to think about the next match".

"Physical qualities at top level, I think".

Bournemouth's English striker Callum Wilson (L) vies with Chelsea's Italian midfielder Jorginho during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in London on September 1, 2018. But I also think he can improve in the defensive phase.

Chelsea were drawn against PAOK, BATE Borisov of Belarus and Hungarian outfit MOL Vidi in Friday's Europa League draw and Sarri says Loftus-Cheek will have a big part to play when the Blues' busy schedule kicks in. It was a very hard game.

Bournemouth had defended stoutly throughout and could easily have scored themselves before Pedro's shot deflected into the net 18 minutes from time.

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The best and worst of David Luiz was on show in the first half. "But in this kind of match, usually you can win in the last 20-25 minutes, so I was always confident".

Ruben Loftus-Cheek though, will hope to get more minutes under his belt, especially with Maurizio Sarri talking the player up in his pre-match conference. Maybe we needed to move the ball at another speed, and maybe more movements without the ball.

"The gap at the beginning [to last season's champions Manchester City] was 30 points".

For all their dominance of the ball - they averaged over 70 per cent of the possession - Chelsea often looked to be running out of ideas against a Bournemouth side not renowned for defending.

"I asked him why Empoli, and he told me he was studying all the little clubs in Italy and France in that period, and he was most impressed with Empoli".


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