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Chelsea 3-0 Burnley, Premier League: Post-match reaction


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A tremendous first half was followed by more relentless attacking pressure from Chelsea, albeit without any goals until the very, very end.  Wasn't for lack of trying, with Costa alone missing several great chances.

While Burnley did show a few signs of life in the final 20 minutes, Chelsea were not made to pay for wasting all those chances.  The Blues finished the match with a flourish and got a third from a picture-perfect counter.

  • Conte's gameplans are working a treat so far.  Plan A is the solid 4-1-4-1/4-3-3, Plan B is the attacking 4-2-4.  There was no need for Plan B today, so the subs were 1-for-1 swaps of the front three. (Cue the late-window Fabregas rumors?)
  • Kanté-Oscar-Matić trio were fantastic, especially in the first 60-70 minutes.  Chelsea seemed to take their foot off the gas for the final quarter of an hour, which was perhaps a bit disappointing.
  • Nice to see everyone play well.
  • Four wins in a row for the first time since December 2014.  Four wins from four for Conte.  Top of the league, temporarily at least.
  • At the other end, Tom Heaton was performing miracles.
  • Time for the first international break now.  Chelsea will be on break, too (Conte, for example, said he will take a short trip back home to Italy), but a chance to then work on polishing up the tactics/etc, at least for those staying at Cobham instead of joining up their national squads.
  • Carefree.

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