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Toothless Chelsea deserved drubbing, admits angry Conte

Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth

By Philip Duncan

Bournemouth scored three goals in 16 remarkable second-half minutes to record a sensational 3-0 victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Callum Wilson opened the scoring for the visitors shortly after the interval before Junior Stanislas doubled their lead with 64 minutes on the clock.

Former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake then netted a third to stun Antonio Conte's side.

Chelsea boss Conte said: "They deserved to win the game. We tried to do something but it was very difficult for us, even in the first half when the score was 0-0. I think we struggled a lot.

"(We struggled) for many reasons, but it's not important to speak about excuses, they deserved to win and we need to restart. We have to accept it's a bad result and understand that we have to fight this season."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said: "I think that has to be our best result and performance in getting the result. We had to be at our best and everyone was magnificent.

"Our aggressiveness, our work-rate was spot on. It was a game of few chances but we deserved the scoreline. We were desperate for a clean sheet, the last few stages were difficult to watch as the lads tired.

"It's not a statement to other teams but more for ourselves, we've beaten Arsenal and Chelsea, so if we needed more belief then that has to come now."

With Alvaro Morata injured, Michy Batshuayi moving on loan to Borussia Dortmund and new signing Olivier Giroud in west London but unavailable, Eden Hazard was tasked with leading the Chelsea line as Ross Barkley slotted in behind.

Thibaut Courtois was back following a four-game absence, and it was the Belgium international who was the busiest of the two goalkeepers in the opening exchanges as he comfortably saved from Wilson before hanging onto Jordon Ibe's long-range effort.

It was an underwhelming opening from the Blues and the home supporters had to wait until the half-hour mark to see their side muster a first real assault on Asmir Begovic's goal after Gary Cahill headed a Pedro corner onto the roof of the net.

With five minutes of the opening half remaining, Marcos Alonso's header from a Hazard cross trickled just wide.

A clearly disgruntled Conte would have demanded much more at the interval, only to witness an extraordinary collapse.

With 51 minutes on the clock, a dithering Tiemoue Bakayoko was caught in possession. Wilson latched onto the loose ball, played a neat one-two with Ibe, and coolly slotted home.

It was to get even better for Howe's travelling team. First, Wilson played the ball through to Stanislas who poked through Courtois' legs after 64 minutes. Then, just three minutes later, the Cherries were in dreamland as Ake beat the offside trap to score against his old employers.

A shell-shocked Chelsea attempted to rally but, for all their possession, failed to test Begovic.

Boos rang around from those who bothered to hang around until the final whistle, with the Blues dropping below Liverpool on goal difference.

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