Chelsea had nothing to show for their dominance of possession when the first half whistle blew during their Carabao Cup clash against Bournemouth.
The Blues dominated with a whopping 76% of possession in the opening 45 minutes against Bournemouth but it was arguably the Cherries who came away from the first half of action with the better chances to score.
Chelsea transfer target Callum Wilson gave the Blues a fright in the 15th minute but his shot flashed wide of the post after a lightning fast Bournemouth counter attack.
Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola confirmed the Blues’ interest in the England international as reported by BBC Sport.
There was something for Chelsea fans to celebrate as Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave Maurizio Sarri a selection headache after impressing fans with his performance on the wing for the Blues.
The 6-foot-4 midfielder demonstrated his quality with the ball at his feet by taking on Bournemouth’s defenders using his strength, speed and skill.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has completed more take ons (3) and created more chances (3) than any other player on the pitch vs. Bournemouth.
Making his case. pic.twitter.com/QnXhK0qMsB
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 19, 2018
Check out reaction from some Chelsea fans on the first half:
It’s goals that count at the end of the game! 76% possession counts for nothing if Bournemouth were to get a goal.
— Gideon Magak (@gmagak) December 19, 2018
We are playing too CASUAL, this may come back to bite us in the A**!!!!
— eyelandlife (@eyelandswag) December 19, 2018
We’ve had a lot of the ball but Bournemouth have had the two best chances.
Teams are still able to just split us open a bit too easily at times.
— ?????’? ????s ? (@Lordabas) December 19, 2018
I hate this sarri ball too much possession and no goal
— Samuel Njuguna (@samprezoh) December 19, 2018
I honestly don’t like this. I’m too anxious
— Timothy (@timothy_oshone) December 19, 2018
We should attack more than passing around
— O’Cat Noble Hadst (@Ocatnoblehadst) December 19, 2018
Possessions aren’t goals
— PAREY SAMUEL (@KingParey) December 19, 2018