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Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

27 August 2016

Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

Chelsea kept up their 100% start to the season with a convincing victory over the Clarets at a sweltering Stamford Bridge.

Goals from Eden Hazard and Willian bookended a first half that saw Sean Dyche’s men on the back foot.

Tom Heaton made two terrific saves from a rampant Hazard and a third from Diego Costa as Chelsea looked to extend their lead.

And as they enjoyed more possession in the final quarter of the game, Burnley could find no way through the Blues defence on a tough day in the capital.

And two minutes from time, Victor Moses wrapped up all three points with a simple finish.

The Clarets named the same starting line-up from the magnificent win against Liverpool.

But within eight minutes they were chasing the game.

After losing possession in the final third, Chelsea broke quickly and Hazard found the bottom corner form outside the area after racing forward and cutting inside onto his right foot.

Six minutes later, there was almost double trouble as the unmarked Belgian went for placement from Willian’s deep cross, only for a perfectly placed Ben Mee to clear off the line.

And from the resulting corner, former Clarets loanee Gary Cahill – making his 200th appearance for the Blues – volleyed acrobatically just wide.

The Clarets were struggling to get any foothold in the game against the blue tide.

And nine minutes from half time they were indebted to skipper Heaton for a fine low stop from Diego Costa after more trickery on the by-line, this time from Oscar, created the opening.

However, the second did come before the break as Willian teased Stephen Ward and rifled a low shot across Heaton and into the far corner.

Burnley’s response was immediate and following a slick interchange between Andre Gray and Sam Vokes, Scott Arfield took aim from the right corner of the box and saw his shot flash across Thibaut Courtois and just wide.

Dean Marney fired over from George Boyd’s lay off as the Clarets went on the attack straight from the restart.

And after Heaton made another terrific save to deny Hazard’s audacious volley, the Clarets made a double substitution.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson replaced Arfield, and following his eye-catching display at Accrington Stanley in midweek, there was another opportunity to impress for Aussie teenager Aiden O’Neill, who took over from Steven Defour.

Hazard was almost shooting at will, and following a shot that was just too high, he brought yet another top save from Heaton, with Mee taking the rebound off the toe of Costa, who seemed destined to score.

And O’Neill then got a timely block on Costa’s shot as the Blues again turned up the heat in already searing temperatures.

As the game entered the final quarter, Burnley earned themselves a flurry of corners, but couldn’t fashion the clear-cut chance that might have sent late flutters through the home ranks.

And in the 88th minute, Chelsea wrapped things up as Pedro crossed low and hard from the left for Moses to rattle home the third.

BURNLEY: Heaton, Lowton, Mee, Keane, Ward, Arfield (Gudmundsson 57), Defour (O’Neill 57), Marney (Tarkowski 72), Boyd, Vokes, Gray.
Subs: Robinson, Kightly, Jutkiewicz, Darikwa

Booked: Keane 50

CHELSEA: Courtois, Ivanovic, Kante, Oscar, Hazard (Pedro 80), Costa (Batshuayi 80), Matic, Willian (Moses 77), Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta.
Subs: Begovic, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Aina.

Booked: Oscar 31, Ivanovic 44

Ref: M Clattenburg

Att: 41,607

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