Chelsea's season was meandering on towards mediocrity at Stamford Bridge when it was suddenly tossed on to the rapids again. Labouring towards a goalless draw against lowly, injury-ravaged Bournemouth, Chelsea were sunk by a late winner from the visitors' substitute Glenn Murray. It was his first touch.
Boos rang around the ground again when the final whistle confirmed another Chelsea defeat in this season that has been startling for its ordinariness. The idea that Jose Mourinho's job might be under pressure has been banished for a while but this reverse put it back on the agenda.
Chelsea are now 14 points behind Manchester United, who occupy fourth place in the Premier League, and even though none of the top teams are showing much appetite for the title chase, it is looking increasingly unlikely that Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League next season.
With just eight minutes to the end of regulation time, Bournemouth’s Glenn Murray produced the sucker punch that reaffirmed that Chelsea’s season after the international break was after all not one that was devoid of the slump they were in before.
Glenn Murray’s goal to deny Chelsea anything in the game gives Jose Mourinho more headache as he goes back to the drawing board to sketch a solution. After 90 minutes of Premier League football at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea 0-1 AFC Bournemouth.
Ghanaian player Abdul Baba Rahman was replaced by Bertrand Traore in the 84th minute of the game.