Chelsea have continued their hot form and secured their seventh win in all competitions with a 4-2 win over the Clarets. Burnley has always been a tough fixture, even if the history at Turf Moor has been favourable for the Blues. Tonight was another example but Christian Pulisic’s amazing hat trick and a Willian goal was enough for the victory. Securing this win puts more pressure on other teams such as Arsenal and Leicester City who are also looking to finish in the top four.
Christian Pulisic has been significantly impressive over the last two games making huge impact coming off the bench. He made his Premier League start tonight replacing Hudson-Odoi in the lineup. The match started off slow for Frank Lampard’s side as Burnley had a strong first quarter of an hour, putting Chelsea under tremendous pressure. After the 15th minute mark, Chelsea were starting to find some gaps and spacea. Burnley’s press was making it difficult for the Blues, but one mistake was all it took for Chelsea to take the lead. Matthew Lowton’s fumble led to Christian Pulisic charging on a devastating counter and scoring with his left foot and Chelsea were up 1-0.
Burnley responded very well putting the pressure back on Chelsea and were creating danger with lobbed passes and long balls to some of Burnley’s attackers. They were also winning a lot of 50/50s that led to dangerous balls from the Clarets. Chelsea gained some composure with Jorginho and Kovacic managing to break the press with their dribbling and getting into pockets of space. Another mistake caused Burnley to conceded shortly before the half with Willian intercepting the ball and assisting the American Christian Pulisic. He dribbled centrally then switched to his stronger right foot, a deflected shot that found the back of the net doubling the lead for The Blues.
Once again Burnley started off hungrier and more positive in the second half and Chelsea were having difficulty matching Burnley’s physicality. All that changed when a corner led to another goal and Pulisic completed his wonderful hat trick. Mason Mount had his corner deflected but the ball came back to him and he put another dangerous ball into the box. Pulisic was unmarked and managed to get a reverse header on the ball putting it past the keeper. Chelsea were up and running after the 3rd goal with much more composure on the ball breaking Burnley’s press with much more ease. Willian then scored from a Tammy assist with a low screamer with his right foot making it 4-0.
Chelsea were in cruise control by then and made some substitutions in the second half with the first one being for Marcos Alonso. Reece James came on in the 60th minute at right back making his second Premier League appearance with Azpilicueta moving to left back. More changes came for the Blues when Hudson-Odoi came on for Willian at the 68th minute and Giroud came on for Tammy in the 70th minute. Hudson-Odoi had a controversial penalty call when he fell down in the Burnley box where it looked like James Tarkowski stuck his leg out. The referee initially ruled a penalty but VAR overruled the call and gave Callum a yellow for simulation.
All was well for Chelsea at this point but on the 86th minute, Christian Pulisic was dispossessed by Robert Brady where he laid off a ball to Jay Rodriguez who scored spectacularly from midfield. Shortly after Chelsea were losing the ball easily and Robert Brady had another assist, this time to Dwight McNeil who’s left footed deflected strike also found the back of the net. The Clarets weren’t going down without the fight but at the end Chelsea managed to get past the late Burnley wave and come out with the victory. Chelsea showed their inexperience once again with their relatively young side and have to make sure they finish off games more smoothly.
The next stop for Chelsea is at home at Stamford Bridge. They will host The Red Devils, Manchester United in the Carabao Cup Round of 16 where they will hope to get some revenge from their 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford in their Premier League opener. With 7 wins in a row, the momentum is on their side but we shouldn’t underestimate Manchester United as they managed to pick up a point against Liverpool. Shortly after they will have to travel to Vicarage Road where the lowly Watford awaits them. Watford are the last in the table with only 5 points and 5 goals as team and we should look to capture more points.