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Dyche Hails Impressive Chelsea

28 October 2018

Sean Dyche felt Burnley came up against a Chelsea side on top of their game in the 4-0 home defeat at Turf Moor.

After a bright start, the Clarets succumbed to the overall quality of the Blues, who led at half time thanks to Alvaro Morata’s strike.

Despite Joe Hart’s heroics, further goals early in the second half from Ross Barkley and William put the game beyond the hosts, and Maurizio Sarri’s side added a late fourth when substitute Reuben Loftus-Cheek converted.

Dyche said: “We started very well, but the way they capitalised on a mistake to open the scoring was very impressive, which top sides do.

“Once they got their noses in front it became very difficult. Even with the confident mood they are in, they grow even more from that and that’s how goals affect games.

“We were staying in the game but once they get two up it’s very difficult against sides with such quality.

“They’ve got pace, they’ve got power and they can mix the game up with some very high-quality players who cost bundles and bundles of money.

“You need everything to go your way against these teams; a good performance, them to have a quiet one and the decisions.

“If they don’t and it’s a level playing field and you both play well, the chances are they beat you because of their quality.

“You don’t invest hundreds and hundreds of millions of pounds and not get something back. Then, to cap it off, they bring two World Cup winners off the bench – and that’s a big gap to where we are!

“You have to reflect on the quality of the division sometimes and these sides are the anomalies in the league as far as clubs like us are concerned.”

The Clarets have endured a chastening week, following last weekend’s 5-0 defeat away at reigning champions Manchester City.

But Dyche insisted: “The way we’ve tried to take on these games is to open up and play, because over a season you have to keep trying that.

“Today, we could have sat back and literally gone nowhere, but the chances are you still get beat doing that.

“You might as well learn something from it and the thing I learned is we were progressive at times, particularly early in the game.

“But eventually, their technical quality and power wins the day and sometimes you have to hold your hands up to that.”

The big positive on the day for Burnley was Robbie Brady coming through his first game since last December. Brady was thrust into the starting line-up following an illness to Aaron Lennon and completed the 90 minutes alongside Belgian midfielder Steven Defour.

Dyche said: “It was great to see Robbie out there and getting 90 minutes, which wasn’t part of the plan.

“We were hoping he might get 70, but with Jack (Cork) going off injured with a rolled ankle he had to stay out there and he will benefit form that and get stronger.

“Also, Steven got his first full 90, so we are pleased with that because the more fit people we have, the better the competition for places.”

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