That was arguably the best collective performance from Chelsea that we have seen thus far this season, despite the glaring absence of Eden Hazard who was out due to a back injury. After a few shaky moments at our defensive end that were rightfully answered on counters, Chelsea went on and opened the scoreline with an excellent goal from Álvaro Morata, on the back of some great footwork from Ross Barkley to adjust the ball and release the pass to feed the Spaniard.
After that, it was cruise mode for Chelsea. With goals abound. The next two scores were long ranged shouts. The first by Barkley, extending his goalscoring record to three goals in our last three EPL matches. And the second by Willian, enjoying all the space given by the Burnley defence in front of him to take a shot at a fragile Joe Hart under the Clarets’ goalpost.
To wrap it all up — and make it all much sweeter for us — Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who entered the match in place of Pedro 30 minutes into the game, got himself in the mix with a late score. Four goals to the good guys!
- Pedro gets in the starting lineup in place of Hazard, although it is Willian who sits at the left wing as a stand-in for the Belgian star. Other than that, it is the same lineup from the Manchester United game.
- Pedro left the pitch while holding his stomach. What kind of injury could that be? Nevertheless, it is RLC who makes it into the pitch as Sarri did not bring any natural wingers as options for his bench.
- And in the last 15 miutes, with 3 goals already in our favour, Morata and Jorginho make way for Olivier Giroud and Cesc Fàbregas, respectively.
- 7 wins and 3 draws in 10 Premier League matches. Sitting beautifully in second place, at least until tomorrow when Tottenham host Manchester City.
- Next up: Frank Lampard’s Derby County at Stamford Bridge for the League Cup. Featuring Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, most likely!