CHERRIES boss Andoni Iraola said that his team selection for the final game of the season against Chelsea was due to “a little bit of everything”.

Iraola’s charges were downed 2-1 in the capital by Chelsea, with Moises Caicedo’s wondergoal doubled by Raheem Sterling before a Benoit Badiashile own goal gave Cherries hope.

Basque boss Iraola made five changes to the side defeated by Brentford in the penultimate game of the season, with the Basque boss explaining his decision with multiple reasons.

Goalkeeper Neto was restored to the starting line-up, with Milos Kerkez also returning after serving a three-match ban for a red card against Wolverhampton Wanderers in April.

Enes Unal was tasked with leading the Cherries line as Dominic Solanke started on the bench out of precaution over a hip issue, whilst Marcus Tavernier and Max Aarons replaced Dango Ouattara and Adam Smith respectively.

Asked about his team selection, Iraola told the Daily Echo: “A little bit of everything.

“I wanted to reward some players that have been training well in the last weeks.

“Even without receiving the minutes, they were pushing and they were trying to compete.

“That was a part of the reasoning.

“And then we didn’t want to risk Dom, because he has trained just one day this week, due to a small hip issue.

“If it was another game, a final or something, he would have started the game, obviously.

“But it was a little bit of everything.”

Club captain and goalkeeper Neto returned in between the sticks, following four games watching on from the bench as Mark Travers was given a run in the side.

Speaking about Neto’s inclusion in the squad before the game, Iraola shared: “Because I liked how he has answered.

“He hasn’t played last few games, he has trained very well, pushing. I think he deserves to play.

“I think he has earned the right.”