A relatively tough game was expected at Turf Moor as Sean Dyche’s men have always proven difficult to beat at home especially when they welcome the Premier League’s big boys.
And more so, as Maurizio Sarri’s men would be without their key man and highest goalscorer Eden Hazard who had fallen victim to Man United’s hassling and kicking tactics.
The Blues were going into the game at the back of narrowly escaping defeat to Man United at Stamford Bridge a week before, and the possibility of an upset could not be written off.
However, this was not the case as the Blues did not miss Eden Hazard in this particular encounter, hitting Ginger Mourinho’s Clarets for 4 and keeping a clean sheet in the progress.
Here are some things we learned from Chelsea’s impressive performance against Burnley:
1. Apparently, the Blues will start doing some shooting from outside the 18-yard box. It works!
In recent weeks, Sarri’s men have been doing more of passing around the opposition box as they aim to slide passes through the opposition’s backline.
This was not the case against Burnley as two of the goals were well- taken shots from outside the box courtesy of Willian and Barkley.
It’s not necessary to always tread passes through, as a shot could be the answer most times.
Those two goals were obviously not a coincidence as Sarri seems to have instructed his men to aim for goal when they see an opening and not always try to look for the right pass or ball as has been prevalent in recent encounters.
A shot could be the answer most times and it worked.
2. Chelsea are not a one-man team
Some might think that this assertion could be up for argument but the results from the last three games prove otherwise.
Hazard was silent in the game against Man United but the Blues still scored twice in the game.
He has been absent from the last two games and the Blues have scored 7 goals thus far, including the 4 they put past a defensively stubborn Burnley.
Maurizio Sarri can make his men tick in Hazard’s absence. Regardless, the Belgian is a need for Chelsea.
3. Jorginho or Barkley? RLC won’t go down without a fight.
Maurizio Sarri is obviously spoilt for choice at this moment in time as Mateo Kovacic is definitely not guaranteed a starting berth in the team going by Barkley’s resurgence and performances in recent weeks.
This is a good development for the manager and club as the midfielders will be forced to put up consistent performances to be guaranteed starting berths ahead of their competitors.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s career at Chelsea may also not be over as he has proven himself in the last two games with the chances he was given.
Hopefully, the trio can maintain consistency and even improve on their performances.