Domination. The only way to describe the first half, certainly the first 30 minutes by Chelsea. Absolute and utter domination, but, sadly, only one goal in that opening 30. Countless chances, seven shots, three on target, but only one goal.
And it's goals that matter, as Burnley will have you know. They scored two with just 20% possession last week; they have over 30% so far today (not that it really feels that way).
Conte talked about the killer instinct after Tuesday's result, when Chelsea twice went up by two goals yet still we had to hold our breaths. Anytime there's only one goal in it, anything can happen. Fortunately, five minutes from half, Willian popped up with an absolutely scorching effort from a decent angle that fizzed by Heaton before he even knew that ball was coming. That's after Costa missed a sitter and Chelsea continued to work some lovely angles wide right and wide left.
Burnley finished the half on the front foot-ish, if we want to call it that, working a couple half-chances but not finding paydirt. So it's 2-0 good guys, and it really should be twice that. Chelsea had some absolutely wonderful passages of play in the half, with the midfield three buzzing about, Cahill & JT looking solid, Hazard running the show, Willian and Ivanovic looking positive, etc.
More of the same, please. Come on, Chelsea!