This wasn’t the most convincing performance from Chelsea’s second-choice goalkeeper. There were a couple of nervy moments when crosses came into the box and Kepa was erratic with his distribution, both with his hands and feet.
The world’s most expensive goalkeeper will get further opportunities during pre-season but there’s little chance of him displacing Edouard Mendy. 6
It wasn’t until the second half of last season – as Sterling made a comeback from injury and illness – that the 21-year-old played as a centre-back. But having impressed in the role for the development squad, Tuchel had no qualms using Sterling in the role at the Vitality. 7
Sterling produced a largely composed display in possession and his defensive positioning was spot on. The only blemish was a lunge on Kyle Taylor that resulted in a booking. 7
Another player used out of position was Baker. Throughout the 26-year-old’s career, he has been a midfielder. Tuchel has seen something different, however.
Baker’s natural two-footedness enables him to play as the middle centre-back in a back three with ease, yet what stood out was his defensive instincts. He was on hand to block from Dominic Solanke and made more than one important interception. 7
The Frenchman was largely untroubled on the left of Chelsea’s back three. He came across to cover nicely on more than one occasion and was tidy with the ball. 7
Many hoped Hudson-Odoi would be used on the wing at the Vitality. However, he was deployed as the right wing-back in Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1.
He did more attacking than defending, though, and forced Travers into one excellent stop before carving out an opportunity for Tammy Abraham. Was bright. 8
It seems unrealistic that Drinkwater has a long-term future at Chelsea but in his outing at Bournemouth, he was at least able to display his talents. He played several fine long passes out wide to switch play and broke up more than one Cherries attack. 7
If this was an audition for Gallagher to be Chelsea’s fourth-choice midfielder in the season ahead, he certainly took it. Gallagher was full of energy, snapped into challenges and plugged gaps that emerged in the Chelsea back three. He used the ball well too and is likely to have caught Tuchel’s eye. 8
Caught out a couple of times early into the half by runs behind from Jack Stacey and was a little sluggish with the ball at his feet. Had an opportunity from a free-kick that he wasted. 6
The American was surprisingly quiet throughout the opening 45 minutes. When he got on the ball, his first instinct was to drive forward but the space wasn’t there for him to do so and he often ended up turning backwards. 6
Came close to scoring early on when he flashed a shot narrowly wide of the far post. Was busy in the final third and played a lovely pass through for Abraham which resulted in the striker being denied by Bournemouth goalkeeper Travers. 7
The 23-year-old feeds of service into the penalty area and twice in the opening 45 minutes he was presented with good opportunities.
The first was carved out by Hudson-Odoi and resulted in Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers producing a fine reaction stop stop. The second came after Abraham was slipped behind the Cherries defence, but again Travers made the save.
There were a couple of nice touches from Abraham in the Blues’ build-up and nice pieces of movement, but probably not enough to have dramatically changed Tuchel’s feelings on the academy graduate. 7
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