Premier League: Burnley vs Chelsea 5/3/22 – Full Match Report

Chelsea run riot in the second half as they hit Burnley for four at Turf Moor.


Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).


Pre-game:

After bouncing back in their midweek game against Luton, Chelsea remained on the road but headed further north as they took on a struggling Burnley side in the Premier League.


The Blues, who dropped points against Sean Dyche’s side at home last November, looked to pickup valuable points at Turf Moor to help solidify their place in the top four. The Clarets on the other hand entered the game in 18th place, having won just three of their 25 league games played this season.


Looking back through the years, the hosts have only won one of 15 league games against the London club – which came at Stamford Bridge back in August 2017. History also helped point towards another Chelsea win, with the Blues winning six of their last seven league away trips to Lancashire.


After a heavy rotation at Kenilworth Road, Thomas Tuchel made a further seven changes to his starting eleven, which notably saw Reece James make his first start in almost 10 weeks.

The hosts on the other hand made two changes, with Nathan Collins and Jay Rodriguez replacing Ben Mee and Maxwel Cornet.


First Half:

The best chance of the opening 20 minutes fell to Wout Weghorst, who was denied through a goalline clearance by the reliable Thiago Silva.


Despite the fact that Chelsea were controlling possession and dictating the tempo of the game, the next best chance fell to Burnley again just before the half-hour mark. A rare error from Édouard Mendy saw the goalkeeper flap at a cross, with the ball kindly falling to Dwight McNeil who skies his effort.


The Blues caused a lack of threat in the first half, and had their best chance of the opening 45 minutes just before the half-time whistle, as Jorginho’s goalbound strike was courageously blocked for a corner.


In reflection, the visitors hogged possession – but failed to create anything significant against a well-organised Burnley side.

Second Half:

After a 15-minute team talk, the European Champions turned on their charm to start what was an onslaught in the second half.


Just two minutes into the second period, Chelsea took the lead through Reece James.


The defender delightfully beat the Burnley backline through a quick succession of fake shots, before firing an effort beyond Nick Pope to draw first blood at Turf Moor.

Just six minutes later, James was involved again. This time, the defender switched play to Christian Pulisic who floated an cross to Kai Havertz – with the German making no mistake in doubling Chelsea’s lead.

Two minutes later, the Blues had a third as James and Havertz combined once again to push the visitors further ahead of the Clarets.

From here, Tuchel’s side were well in control following a chaotic opening eight minutes.


On the 68th minute, a defensive error from James Tarkowski allowed for Christian Pulisic to find Chelsea’s fourth – which only rubbed the salt in the wounds of the hosts.

From here, Burnley fans poured out of the stadium and Chelsea capped off an impressive victory on the road.

After the Whistle:

Over the years Chelsea have always excelled at Turf Moor, with Saturday’s game proving to be no different.


After a pedestrian first half Thomas Tuchel saw his side pounce and rip Burnley to shreds in the space of eight minutes. Reece James and Kai Havertz were at the heart of the quick-fire goals, which ultimately put daylight between the two teams.


There are now six points between third-placed Chelsea and fifth-placed Manchester United, with the Blues also having a game in hand. Consequently, the victory also keeps Burnley in 18th.


Chelsea will look to build on what is now back-to-back victories as they travel to France to finish the job against Lille on Wednesday.


Burnley are next in action on Saturday, as they face Brentford in the capital.


Final Score:

Burnley 0-4 Chelsea.

- James (47’).

- Havertz (53’, 55’).

- Pulisic (69’).


BBC Sports Player of the Match:

Kai Havertz (Chelsea).

Line-ups:

Burnley (4-4-2): Pope; Roberts, Collins, Tarkowski, Taylor; Lennon, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Rodriguez (63’), Weghorst (78’).

- Subs: Cornet (63’), Barnes (78’).


Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rüdiger; James (70’), Kanté (70’), Jorginho, Saúl; Mount (78’), Pulisic; Havertz.

- Subs: Kovačić (70’), Loftus-Cheek (70’), Werner (78’).


Referee:

Andre Marriner.


Possession:

Burnley (27%) vs Chelsea (73%).


Shots:

Burnley (6) vs Chelsea (11).


Shots on Target:

Burnley (1) vs Chelsea (5).


Corners:

Burnley (5) vs Chelsea (2).


Fouls:

Burnley (12) vs Chelsea (7).

- (credit | BBC Sport).


Match Highlights:

- (credit | Chelsea Football Club).

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