Bournemouth and Chelsea continued their lacklustre starts to the Premier League campaign with a forgettable goalless draw.
The Cherries are yet to win in the league under Andoni Iraola, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea have one win to show from their five league games.
Chelsea had the better chances with Nicolas Jackson and Raheem Sterling hitting the woodwork and Levi Colwill having a goal disallowed for offside.
New Blues signing Cole Palmer had a chance to win the game late on but shot straight at Neto.
Bournemouth had chances to win too with Dominic Solanke forcing a Robert Sanchez save and heading wide.
Chelsea still not clicking
The final ball was lacking and strikers misfired in a game where both sides were short of confidence and defences were on top.
Chelsea, for all their expensive, expansive recruitment, had six substitutes with no Premier League experience and academy product Conor Gallagher wearing the captain’s armband.
The Blues’ £100m midfielder Moises Caicedo missed out with a knee injury from his international duty with Ecuador.
Their first major chance came when Mykhailo Mudryk, making his first Premier League start under Pochettino, found Jackson, who struck the base of the post from the edge of the area.
Raheem Sterling was not quite as electric as in previous weeks with none of his four shots testing the goalkeeper.
Captain Gallagher should have done better when he wriggled free from 10 yards out but his shot was too central and Neto got down low to save.
Probably their best moment of the game saw Sterling’s free-kick hit the angle of post and bar and bounce on the line without fully crossing it. The ball reached Colwill, who fired home – but the Blues defender was offside when the free-kick came in so had his effort ruled out.
If the Blues can improve their finishing, results will pick up – but for now they sit 14th.
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- 3KerkezBooked at 62minsSubstituted forSenesiat 74′minutes
- 4L Cook
- 16TavernierSubstituted forSinisterraat 73′minutes
- 10ChristieSubstituted forBrooksat 89′minutes
- 11OuattaraSubstituted forKluivertat 63′minutes
- 15A Smith
- 2DisasiBooked at 76mins
- 6Thiago Silva
- 26ColwillSubstituted forChilwellat 80′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 7SterlingBooked at 4mins
- 8FernándezSubstituted forMaatsenat 81′minutes
- 10MudrykBooked at 41minsSubstituted forPalmerat 63′minutes
- 15JacksonBooked at 80mins
- 36de Souza Eugênio
Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Chelsea 0.
Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Chelsea 0.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Lloyd Kelly.
Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Ben Chilwell (Chelsea).
Justin Kluivert (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nicolas Jackson (Chelsea).
Max Aarons (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Chelsea. Malo Gusto tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Brooks.
Substitution, Bournemouth. David Brooks replaces Ryan Christie.
Cole Palmer (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Luis Sinisterra (Bournemouth).
Attempt blocked. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Max Aarons with a cross.
Foul by Conor Gallagher (Chelsea).
Philip Billing (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. Ian Maatsen (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Cole Palmer (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).