Resilient Bournemouth ready for Chelsea test, says Howe

The Nigeria global has recovered from the injury that kept him out of the worldwide break as well as matches against Crystal Palace and Manchester City. "What we've historically done is always try to win and that's the same aim no matter how many points you have and how many games are left".

Howe added in a press conference: 'We have to maximise (ourselves) in every game, be hard to break down, and we have been able to do that recently, so the next two (matches) are going to be similar types'.

The 2-2 draw at Anfield has lifted the mood at the Vitality Stadium, with Howe now confident his team can hold their own against the best in the league. "We are a team, not 11 single players".

'We do need the team to perform, every unit, at a very high level and we had that against Liverpool. Tottenham's result is important but ours is the most important. "We will review our summer recruitment at the appropriate time".

'At the start of the season it was all about getting over 42 points, which was our total from past year and that is still our aim'.

Ake joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan last June and was recalled by Chelsea after an impressive first half of the season with the Cherries.

Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta have filled-in on the right during Moses' absence but the 26-year-old is expected to get an immediate recall to the starting eleven tomorrow night - although Conte was keeping his cards close to his chest.

"If we can continue that momentum we have a chance against Chelsea".

"It is important to be focused on the present, which is more important than the future".

'We have missed him, on and off the pitch, because he is a great lad and fitted well into our team'. I don't know why someone wants to put out this type of situation, but in football it is normal.

  • Julie Sanders