Chelsea 2-2 Burnley: Premier League – as it happened – The Guardian

Chelsea 2-2 Burnley: Premier League – as it happened – The Guardian


Well done to Burnley. They played to their strengths: organised, resolute defending and were ruthless in the first half, snaffling their chances from set-pieces. They will be playing in the Premier League next season, and that’s a brilliant effort from where they were at the end of 2018, second bottom with 12 points from 19 games.

Chelsea are far too one-dimensional. Hazard is their only reliable outlet and with Kante and Hudson-Odoi going off, they just didn’t know how to break Burnley down. I can remember only two saves that Heaton made in the second half. What they are badly missing is a world-class No10 to operate in those tight spaces at the top of the box. How Chelsea fans wish they could have a Juan Mata (2012-13 edition) in their side right now. God knows what’s going to happen if they lose Hazard, and aren’t able to replace him due to the transfer embargo.

Thanks for reading and for your emails and tweets. See you next time. Bye!


Sean Dyche speaks!

Handbags, bumbags, manbags, I didn’t see much of what happened at the end, I was out applauding out fans. That’s 28 points in 16 games, I think the players have been magnificent.

We have to be resilient. But 44 goals is the record number of goals we’ve scored in the Premier League. I think this has been an excellent season in terms of where we were, and the injuries we’ve had. Like anyone, we try and build. We tried to be more attacking but the confusion we had, and the injuries, we had to go back to basics. We’ve got a running wage bill of £58m, I’m not sure if any club has less than us. To get to 40 points is a big marker. The first half of the season was very tough on everyone.

That’s a great result for Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United, who all had a poor weekend themselves.

Read Dominic Fifield’s match report

A few more scuffles on the touchline after the final whistle, mainly between the backroom staff. Antonio Rüdiger, out of Chelsea’s match-day squad with injury, is among the chief instigators.

Full-time: Chelsea 2-2 Burnley

Boos ring out around Stamford Bridge. Chelsea do climb into the top four with that point, but they will feel like it is two dropped, having lead here 2-1. Burnley are all but safe: nine points clear of Cardiff (and with a +17 goal difference) with three games left.

90+5 min: Burnley win a free-kick deep in Chelsea territory, much to Kovacic’s frustration and the Croatian is booked for dissent. There’s a few handbags between the two teams, with Giroud wading in to separate McNeil and Azpilicueta. I think Sarri has been sent to the stands for marching down the touchline.

90+4 min: I’d say 2-2 was a fair result, Chelsea have not created a single good chance in this second half. Burnley have defended magnificently and Chris Wood should really have scored a third for the visitors.

90+2 min: Cleared easily, and Pedro is booked for a handball to stop a Burnley counter-attack.

90 min: Five minutes added on here. Burnley have been relatively comfortable for the past 10 minutes. Chelsea win a corner, here come the cavalry.

88 min: Barnes has been magnificent for Burnley up top, holding the ball up when he can, and has beaten David Luiz and Christensen in the air more often than not.

Burnley’s Ashley Barnes in action with Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen.

Burnley’s Ashley Barnes in action with Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters


86 min: “Watching the game and was struck by Higuain’s furious reaction to being subbed,” emails Sam King. “Got me thinking if those of us who operate in more typical workplaces would, or do, act in similar fashion. I know for sure that if my boss said I could leave the office 15 minutes earlier than scheduled, the last thing I’d do is kick my chair in objection – more likely, I’m jump for joy and sprint to the pub.”

84 min: Ben Mee there, with his 145,936th header to clear Burnley’s lines. Man of the match, no doubt about it.

82 min: Burnley are now camped on the edge of their own area, happy to simply hack the ball away. With Giroud now on, Chelsea are pumping cross after cross into the box. So far, no dice.

80 min: As a Premier League substitute, only Jermain Defoe (24) has more goals than Giroud (20).

78 min: Higuain is furious at being subbed off, chucking bibs and Lucozade bottles around the dugout. Calm down pal, you weren’t that good.


76 min: Giroud is coming on, Higuain is coming off. The Argentinian gets a warm round of applause as he walks off, but that sub is about 15 minutes too late, for my money.

74 min: I can see that Kovacic is a sound technical player, but what does he actually do?

72 min: Ben Mee has been outstanding for Burnley. First to every cross and header.

69 min: Sarri is looking increasingly agitated on the touchline. The cigs have come out. He’s muttering and gesturing to the fourth official like a father desperately trying to explain to a Debenhams security guard that he’s lost his child. The atmosphere in Stamford Bridge is tense.

Chelsea’s David Luiz climbs all over Burnley’s Ashley Barnes.

Chelsea’s David Luiz climbs all over Burnley’s Ashley Barnes. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP


67 min: And just as I say that, Emerson’s low cross flashes across Burnley’s box, missing everyone, before Azpilicueta steams in at the back post head of McNeil, stinging Heaton’s palms with a shot.

65 min: Chelsea need to change something, they haven’t created a clear-cut chance this half.

63 min: Burnley are playing their best football of the match. Barnes is bullying Christensen and McNeil is having much more of an influence, and has sent in two dangerous crosses.

61 min: “Any word as to whether N’Golo Kante is injured?” asks Ciaran Crowther. “Would be a huge blow to our hopes for the rest of the season if so.”

No news as yet, but you’re not wrong …

Duncan Alexander

N’Golo Kante with 8 goals/assists in the PL this season, one more than Mesut Ozil and Dele Alli. The true playmaker.

April 22, 2019

59 min: Chelsea so nearly come unstuck again from a simple ball forward. This time it is Cork that pops the ball over the top, and Wood is clear on goal again, but can’t control the bouncing ball! Kepa was in no-man’s land, and was fortunate that Wood’s touch was off.

58 min: Heaton, already on a yellow card for time-wasting, is persisting with taking his time with his goal kicks. Not really sure what he’s up to here.

57 min: Emerson tries from distance, the ball flashes a yard wide. Heaton was beaten.

55 min: Our first real lull of the match. Chelsea have plenty of possession (77% in the second half) but the away side are holding firm.

52 min: A golden chance for Wood! Ohhhh, wasted! Higuain gives Jorginho the mother of all hospital passes, Jorginho passes it straight to Barnes who slips Wood through on goal. The New Zealand striker is clear but desperate to get the ball onto his stronger right foot, and in doing so, allows Christensen to get back and close the angle! Wood must have taken two or three touches to set himself there, really poor.

50 min: As well as Higuain as played, the deeper that Burnley defend, it could be that Giroud is a better option for Chelsea’s crosses, which are plentiful. Pedro has been a useful addition to his game since coming on for Hudson-Odoi.

48 min: Eden Hazard has completed more passes in Burnley’s half (35), than Burnley have completed in Chelsea’s half (23).

46 min: Azpilicueta just appealed for a corner, the linesman gave a goal kick, and the Spaniard screamed to the heavens as though his first-born had just been thrown into a well. #commitment.

Peeeeeeep! We’re underway again.

Half time sub for Chelsea: Kovacic replaces Kante. Not sure if that is tactical or due to an injury.

Half-time reading

… on Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Lyon Féminines:

Chelsea have certainly been the better side, but look extremely soft at the back, and it would not be a surprise to see Burnley score from another set-piece. Higuain has been brilliant in leading the line for Chelsea, and has been their best player, just ahead of Hazard, Kante and Loftus Cheek.

Burnley have been poor with the ball – I don’t remember Dwight McNeil touching it all half and he has so often been the danger man for his team. Barnes and Wood have fed on scraps thus far, while Westwood and Cork look overrun Chelsea’s three central midfielders. Charlie Taylor, at left back, has impressed.

Half-time: Chelsea 2-2 Burnley

A good game of football.

45+2 min: A slow end to a pulsating half. Re Hudson-Odoi, we’ve had a speculative email from Rob Coughlin: “I’m no doctor but I’ve done my Achilles and that’s what it looks like.”

45 min: Three minutes added on here for added time, presumably for Hudson Odoi injury and all the goal celebrations we’ve had.

43 min: Higuain really is playing very well. Holding it up well against two strong centre-backs in Mee and Tarkowski and dropping deep to break the lines. He even threads a pass through the eye of a needle to find Pedro through on goal, but the Spaniard is unable to control it!

41 min: Hudson-Odoi has had to go off, so Pedro comes on his place. A nice replacement to have up your sleeve. Nobody seems to know what Hudson-Odoi has done, but he’s limping down the tunnel.

39 min: Of all the players in the Premier League, who would you least like to go shoulder-to-shoulder with? I’ll go for Loftus-Cheek. He shrugged off Barnes earlier like he was putting on a rucksack, and then sent Westwood flying with a perfectly legal barge in the build up to Kante’s goal. Has played very well today, thus far.


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