Chelsea vs Burnley: Blues Concede 1st Goal from Open Play All Season in Frustrating 1-1 Draw

Chelsea vs Burnley: Blues Concede 1st Goal from Open Play All Season in Frustrating 1-1 Draw

  • Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table remains at three points, and Liverpool could close the gap on Sunday
  • The Blues played extremely well against Burnley, but failed to convert majority of their chances
  • Burnley pegged them back with a rare attack late in the game as Tuchel’s side conceded their first goal from open play in the Premier League all season

Chelsea were made to pay for missing a host of chances as Burnley frustrated them to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, November 6.

Chelsea vs Burnley
Burnley found a late equaliser against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photo by Ryan Pierse.
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The Blues went into the game knowing a win would place them five points clear at the top of the Premier League and they started game with typical urgency and swagger.

After dominating the game in the opening half, and drawing good saves from Burnley keeper Nick Pope, Chelsea eventually made their dominance count thanks to Kai Havertz, who has been operating as a false nine in the absence of Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku.

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The German international rose unmarked in the box to head in a superb cross from Reece James, who benefited from a through ball from N’golo Kante.

In truth, Chelsea always looked dangerous going forward, although they were at times guilty of some blunt misses in front of goal.

Nick Pope did well to keep a deflected shot from Reece James out while Ross Barkley’s clever shot in the first half looped just wide.

Credit needs to go to Burnley, who despite having only 25% possession, managed to keep the Blues with a one-goal lead in the first half.

The hosts started the second half as they did the first, attacking with loads of promise but they could not find the elusive insurance goal.

Burnley’s shot-stopper was in inspired form, as he also kept out a smart shot by Callum Hudson Odoi.

Tuchel introduced Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount to replace Callum Hudson-Odoi and N'Golo Kante in an attacking substitution, but the pair could not inspire his side to the second goal.

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Ross Barkley should have put his side 2-0 up after being set up nicely in the box following some superb interplay but the former Everton man blasted over the bar, and Chelsea were made to pay soon after.

A rare attack from the Clarets saw Matthew Lowton chesting the ball down for Josh Brownhill, who looped in a cross for Jay Rodriguez, who headed the ball across for Matej Vydra to score an easy tap in.

This was the first goal Chelsea had conceded from open play all season, and it proved to be a pivotal one.

Despite a late flurry of attacks, the Blues could not find a winner and Burnley came away with a famous point at Stamford Bridge.

Tame United silenced in derby

In the other game, suffered another embarrassing home defeat in the Premier League this time around against Manchester City who won 2-0.

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United made the worst possible start to the game as a series of unrelenting attacks from their neighbours led to Eric Bailly skewing a cross into his own net.

A combination of shambolic defending and bluntness in front of goal ensured City walked away with all three points at Old Trafford.