A rare Alvaro Morata goal was one 0f four goals scored today by Maurizio Sarri’s blues to condemn Burnley to a heavy 4-0 defeat at Turf Moor.
The game started Unexpectedly with Burnley being the team who came fast out of the blocks and asked a lot of questions early on of the Chelsea defense with their high intensity in the first 10 minutes of the game. However, the first chance of the game came to Chelsea in the 12th minute when Barkley shot from the edge of the box found the head of Morata who guided his header on goal but Hart produced an outstanding save to tip the header over the bar. Burnley’s first chance of the half came when Gudmundson’s cross in the 16th minute left Kepa in no man’s land as he couldn’t make a clean connection to punch it away, and consequently, it fell to Brady who drilled his shot wide of the goal.
As the first half grew on, Chelsea started to grow into the game more, and in the 21st minute, Morata’s past found Willian who was in acres of space on the left-hand side, and Willian curled his shot onto the post. That was the warning sign for Burnley. And Chelsea only had to wait a minute after to grab the first goal of the game, which after a beautiful flowing attack from Chelsea, found Barkley who poked to ball delicately through to Morata and he finished brilliantly past Hart to give Chelsea a 0-1 lead at Turf Moor. Burnley did have a chance to get back into the game from a corner immediately after Morata’s goal, but Tarkowski’s header from the corner sailed just over the bar.
For the rest of the half, Chelsea dictated the tempo of the game and had 2 chances before half-time through Morata to extend the lead, but Morata missed one of them completely after a brilliant dribble into Burnley’s box and the other Morata chance was brilliantly saved by Hart at point blank range. The half ended with an altercation between Morata and Tarkowski which led to both players receiving unnecessary yellow cards. But right at half-time, Willian appealed for a penalty, but was booked for diving! Replays showed that the referee made the correct decision. The half-time score was 0-1 to Chelsea and the main question going into halftime was, would Chelsea rue their missed chances through Morata x2 and Willian to kill the game off?
The second half started in the same fashion as the first half… with Burnley again being quicker out of the blocks but again made very little chances from their bright start. And again the same pattern occurred with Chelsea growing into the game as the half went on, but the difference was in this half they were so much more clinical!. Chelsea added to their tally in the second half with goals from Barkley, Willian, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to round off a superb and dominant display from Maurizio Sarri’s blues. Burnley just lacked quality but showed great effort and their only real chance of the half came when Gudmundsson pounced on an Alonso mistake and curled his effort over the bar. Chelsea showed today that they can manage without Eden Hazard! However, one criticism of Maurizio Sarri’s team was that they could have been more lethal with Giroud and Morata having multiple chances to increase the scoreline which would have been an embarrassing defeat for Burnley at a ground where they usually make it hard for the opposition to score. However, that wasn’t the case today… Chelsea put out a statement to the rest of the league with today’s ruthless and dominant performance.
Player Ratings out of 10
Burnley- Formation; 4-5-1 (Manager: Sean Dyche)- Hart- 8 ,Taylor- 5 , Mee-4 , Tarkowski- 4 , Brady- 5 , Berg Gudmundsson- 6, Defour- 5, Cork-5 , Hendrick-5 , Vokes- 5, Subs; Wood- 6, Barnes- 6, Westwood- 5.
Chelsea- Formation; 4-3-3 (Manager: Maurizio Sarri)- Kepa-6, Alonso-6, Luiz-7, Rüdiger-7, Azpilicueta-7, Jorginho- 8, Kante-7, Barkley-8, Willian- 7, Pedro-5, Morata-7, Subs; Ruben Loftus-Cheek- 8, Giroud-6, Fabregas-5.
Position in Premier League table
Chelsea momentarily goes into second place before Manchester City plays tomorrow at Tottenham with 24 points, 2 points off first-place Liverpool. Whereas for Burnley they fall one place to fifteenth after Palace picked up an impressive point at home to Arsenal.
Next games for both teams
Chelsea is next in league cup action on Wednesday at home to Frank Lampard’s Derby at 19:45 pm UK time. Both teams are next in Premier League action with Chelsea next in action next Sunday against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge at 4 pm. Whereas face West Ham away from home next Saturday at the London Stadium at 3 pm UK time.
Possession (%) 30 70
Shots 7 24
Shots on Target 1 8
Corners 4 4
Fouls 14 10
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By Danyal Khan