Chelsea 3-0 Burnley

27 Aug

Eden Hazard


Eden Hazard has scored two goals in four games so far this season

Chelsea continued their perfect start to the season with a comfortable victory over Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

The excellent Eden Hazard opened the scoring when he burst forward from halfway early in the first half before finishing low into the corner.

Willian then added a second just before the break with a clinical strike.

Scott Arfield shot wide for Burnley, but substitute Victor Moses wrapped up the win by sliding home a late finish.

Victory means Chelsea are currently top of the table with nine points from three games.

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Hazard lights up Stamford Bridge

Two seasons ago, Hazard was arguably the best player in the Premier League as his 14 goals and nine assists helped Chelsea to win the title.

However, he was a shadow of his former self last season, failing to score in the Premier League until the end of April.

Under Antonio Conte, he appears to have rediscovered his best form. His goal against Burnley – the Belgium international’s second in four games – was reminiscent of those he scored in 2014-15, charging at the defence before despatching a perfectly placed strike beyond Tom Heaton’s dive.

The Clarets had no answer for Hazard, whose clever runs and tricky feet caused the visitors’ defence, and in particular full-back Matt Lawton, problems throughout.

If Chelsea are to win the title this season, they will need the winger at his best. On his showing so far this season, that appears to be the case.

Burnley’s brick wall crumbles

Burnley produced arguably the result of the season so far by beating Liverpool 2-0 in their previous Premier League game.

They had just 19% possession against the Reds but made the most of their limited time on the ball, while their disciplined two banks of four frustrated Jurgen Klopp’s side throughout. That was not the case in this game.

Burnley’s failed to work the ball quickly to forwards Andre Gray and Sam Vokes, allowing Chelsea to regroup and cut off their attempts to counter. In the end, they never looked like getting anything from the game.

However, they will rarely face tougher tests than this one. They next face Hull City and with Premier League survival their target for this season, getting a result in that game will be a truer test of what they can achieve this season.

What they said

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: “I am pleased to see the team play well and create a lot of chances. After 13 games where we have conceded at home, we didn’t this time and that is very important. Now we must continue.

“I want Hazard to be decisive at the beginning and I am pleased because I saw this today. However we must continue with his work and the work of the whole team.

“I am pleased to work with these players but if we find a right solution, we want to improve this squad.”

Burnley boss Sean Dyche: “They were far too good today. They are too strong in all areas. We want to take on the challenge and I think the lads got too sucked in with the result from last week.

“We did not use the ball at all. There were too many sloppy passes and you just cannot do that against teams like this one.

“They were never in trouble, but we have to learn from these games. This is not really our market, there is a big gap from where they are and where we are.

We were not close to getting a result today.”

Man of the match – Eden Hazard

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Match ends, Chelsea 3, Burnley 0.

Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Burnley 0.

Attempt saved. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

Foul by Pedro (Chelsea).

Matthew Lowton (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

James Tarkowski (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

Goal! Chelsea 3, Burnley 0. Victor Moses (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro with a cross.

Victor Moses (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).

Sam Vokes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Burnley. Sam Vokes tries a through ball, but George Boyd is caught offside.

Substitution, Chelsea. Pedro replaces Eden Hazard.

Substitution, Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi replaces Diego Costa.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick.

Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).

Substitution, Chelsea. Victor Moses replaces Willian.

Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (Burnley) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by N’Golo Kanté.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

Attempt missed. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

Attempt blocked. Aiden O’Neill (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Substitution, Burnley. James Tarkowski replaces Dean Marney because of an injury.

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Stephen Ward (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dean Marney (Burnley) because of an injury.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Aiden O’Neill.

Attempt blocked. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian.

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Oscar following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Michael Keane.

Substitution, Burnley. Aiden O’Neill replaces Steven Defour.

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