English Premier League leaders Chelsea maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the log with an interesting 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.
Second-placed Tottenham had earlier thrashed Watford 4-0 to trim the Blues’ lead to four points, but Chelsea, who came visiting, looked to be cruising after two goals in three first-half minutes.
An own goal by Smith and a finish by Eden Hazard in the 17th and 20th minutes respectively put the visitors ahead early in the game.
But Bournemouth, who had already had shot on target, got back into the contest through Joshua King’s long-range deflected effort three minutes before half-time.
The Cherries continued to press in the second half, only for Chelsea to gradually regain control and secure the points through Marcos Alonso’s impeccable free-kick minutes after the hour mark.
As the quest for the title continues, Chelsea will travel to Manchester United on April 15, for a crucial game that stands as the sternest of their remaining six league fixtures until the end of the season.
“When you have this type of opponent, Tottenham, who is in good form and wants to catch you, it is important to have a good answer. This is a good answer. There are six games to go and in England it is not easy, there is a lot of pressure,” Chelsea Boss Antonio Conte remarked after the game.
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