Chelsea cruise on, pounce Bournemouth 3-1

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Chelsea players celebrate a goal

Chelsea players celebrate a goal

Chelsea maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with an entertaining victory over spirited Bournemouth.

Pressured by Tottenham’s earlier thrashing of Watford, the visitors looked to be cruising after two goals in three first-half minutes, BBC reports.

But Bournemouth, who had already hit the post, got back into the contest through Joshua King’s long-range deflected effort.

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The Cherries continued to press after half-time only for Chelsea to gradually regain control and secure the points through Marcos Alonso’s impeccable free-kick.

The Blues next travel to Manchester United, their sternest of six league fixtures between now and the end of the season.

If they return from Old Trafford with their seven-point advantage still intact, they will be a huge step closer to a sixth title and fifth in the Premier League era.