Chelsea forwards were in scintillating form on a windy Halloween evening as they turned on the style to notch their third win of the season. Hakim Ziyech continued his impressive performance from midweek, as he scored and set up a goal for the Blues in a comfortable win against the Clarets.
Frank Lampard made five changes to the side that beat Krasnodar in the Champions League by bringing in Thiago Silva, Kante, Tammy Abraham, Pulisic and Mason Mount for Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Rudiger. Pulisic, who was named in the XI was replaced by Werner after the American was injured during the warm up. Sean Dyche made just one change to the side that was beaten by Spurs, with Dale Stephens replacing Gudmundsson.
The hosts had a wonderful chance in the opening minutes of the game when a ball over the top fell perfectly for Barnes with the Chelsea backline well beaten. However, the attacker chipped well over the bar under pressure from the onrushing Chelsea goalkeeper. Chelsea forwards enjoyed lots of space, especially on Burnley’s left hand side as Havertz recorded their first shot on target with a looping header. Burnley struggled to get any foothold in the game as Chelsea started dominating possession and piled pressure on Burnley’s defence. The pressure paid off in the 26th minute when Ziyech scored his first Premier League goal after being set up by an intricate play between Werner and Abraham. Chelsea continued to surge forward with every possession as Burnley struggled to get out of their half. Burnley finally managed to put Chelsea defence under some pressure in the final few minutes of the half, but the visitors stood firm to take a narrow lead at the break.
Burnley started the half much brighter and faster than the first half as Chelsea were pressed high up the pitch on most of the occasions. Chelsea were unable to string passes together as Burnley put their defenders under enormous pressure to force erratic clearances. Chelsea stood firm to weather the storm as Burnley’s possession increased from 21% in first half to 60% in the opening 20 minutes of the second half. However, it was Chelsea who scored the second goal of the game after Zouma was left completely unmarked following a corner, allowing the defender to thump his header into the net. The game was put well and truly beyond Burnley’s reach when Werner scored Chelsea’s third after being slipped through by Ziyech. The forward curled his shot into the bottom right corner to effectively seal Chelsea’s win. Chelsea tested Burnley’s goalkeeper a couple more times in the final few minutes of the game, as Burnley failed to register a single shot on target.
Frank Lampard was happy with Chelsea’s performance that saw them record their fourth consecutive clean sheet of the season. Speaking to Sky Sports he added, “It was a very complete performance from us. It’s a difficult place to come. They make it very difficult for teams and they’ve been unlucky in games. We controlled massive parts of the game, so I’m very happy. I was always aware at the start of the season that it wasn’t going to be easy. It was asking a lot for us to fly out of the blocks, but performances like this show that we’re doing something positive. We need to get our heads down and keep working hard.”
The Blues manager praised Ziyech by stating “I’m really impressed and really excited. I could see his personality and work-rate off the ball, he has that. You saw that today. That bit of quality gives us something different.”