Chelsea vs Burnley 31/1/21 – Full Match Report

César Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso on target in Chelsea win, as Thomas Tuchel earns his first victory as Blues coach.


Pre-game:

After taking over Chelsea less than a week ago, Thomas Tuchel prepared for his second ever Premier League game as Burnley travelled to London on Sunday afternoon.


The former Paris-Saint Germain coach set his side up in a similar way to what we had seen against Wolves – with Chelsea operating through a 5-man defence. Surprisingly, Marcos Alonso returned to the starting line-up, with the Spaniard having been out of choice for the majority of the campaign.


Burnley have struggled on the road this season, managing just 5 goals away from home in the Premier League. The Clarets however did arrive in fairly good form, picking up 6 points in their previous two games against Liverpool and Aston Villa.

First half:

Chelsea looked to show more creativeness in today’s fixture, and they started by doing exactly that.


The Blues started brightly, as Mason Mount picked up the ball on the edge of the area and looked to place it past Pope. The effort itself was went high and wide, with Mount looking to impress on his 50th Premier League start for Chelsea.


The opening 10 minutes saw a relatively open game – as both sides looked to grab an early goal. Nick Pope was the busiest of the two goalkeepers, as he denied attempts from Timo Werner and Mateo Kovačić in the opening 15 minutes.


10 minutes later, Chelsea saw their best chance of finding an opener. It was a well worked move by Tuchel’s side, as Jorginho played a great ball towards the back post which was met by Marcos Alonso. The fullback then headed the ball across the face of goal, which was then met by both Abraham and Mount who collided instead of converting.


This injected life and energy into Chelsea, who persisted to looking for the first goal of Tuchel’s reign. Timo Werner also had a chance to put The Blues ahead, but he fluffed his lines following a great cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi.


It started to become one way traffic at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea were playing neat and tidy football against well drilled Burnley side.


Dyche’s side could only hold them off for so long though, as Chelsea finally found their breakthrough on the 40th minute.


The move started through Jorginho, who did brilliantly to create space and find Mason Mount in the middle of the pitch. The midfielder then moved the ball on to the dangerous Hudson-Odoi, who found Azpilicueta on the overlapping run. The shot from the Spaniard looked to have taken a slight deflection off defender Eric Pieters, as Pope was finally beaten just minutes before the half time whistle.


Chelsea took a 1-0 lead into the break, following an impressive first half.


Second half:

There was a change at half time for The Blues, with Tammy Abraham being replaced for the rapid Christian Pulisic.


The second half was almost a repetition of the first, with Chelsea’s pace looking too much for Burnley to handle. It was Callum Hudson-Odoi puling all of the strings, as he thrived once again in his new wingback role.


The 20-year-old was full of energy, and on the 57th minute came close after seeing his effort deflected off Pieters, and onto the post.


Hudson-Odoi continued to dominate as the second half unfolded, causing Burnley’s defence all kinds of problems. On the 68th minute, Hudson-Odoi struck another excellent delivery, which was intercepted by Ben Mee and nearly drifted into the back of the net.


15 minutes before the end of the second half, Hudson-Odoi was replaced by Reece James, who nearly made an instant impact – causing Pope to make yet another save.


As mentioned, it was Pope who was the busiest of the goalkeepers throughout the game. Despite his great efforts, the England international was beaten for the second time on the 83rd minute – and it was job done for Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea.


The goal was scored by the ‘forgotten man’ Marcos Alonso, who through excellent control converted a sublime volley to give Chelsea all 3 points.

After the whistle:

Two goals from Chelsea’s Spanish defenders were enough to allow Burnley to travel back to the north-west without any points. It doesn’t get any easier for The Clarets, who are next in action on Wednesday evening against the league leaders, Manchester City.


Thomas Tuchel will look to continue his impressive start on Thursday, as Chelsea travel to north London as they take on José Mourinho’s Spurs. A victory for The Blues is crucial, allowing them to reduce the deficit as they continue their quest for Champions League football next season.

Final score:

Chelsea 2-0 Burnley

- Azpilicueta (40’)

- Alonso (84’)


Man of the match:

Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)


Line-ups:

Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta ©, Rüdiger, Silva; Hudson-Odoi (73’), Jorghino, Kovačić, Alonso; Mount (80’), Werner, Abraham (45’).

- Subs: Pulisic (45’), James (73’), Havertz (80’)

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Brady (76’), Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Vydra (57’), Wood (62’).

- Subs: Rodriguez (57’), Gudmundsson (62’), Mumbongo (76’)

Referee:

Graham Scott


Possession:

Chelsea (71%) vs Burnley (29%)


Shots:

Chelsea (19) vs Burnley (1)

Shots on target:

Chelsea (8) vs Burnley (0)


Corners:

Chelsea (4) vs Burnley (2)


Fouls:

Chelsea (7) vs Burnley (9)

- (statistics via BBC Sport)


Match highlights:

- (video via BT Sport)

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