Resilient Burnley stop Chelsea relocating 12 points clear

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois conceded a approach free-kick for a initial time in his Premier League career

Chelsea missed a possibility to pierce 12 points transparent during a tip of a Premier League as they were hold to a pull by a volatile Burnley during Turf Moor.

The hosts had won all 4 of their before homes games though surrender though fell behind early on when Pedro finished off a unconditional attack.

The visitors dominated possession and it seemed usually a matter of time before they combined to their advantage.

However, Burnley’s record signing Robbie Brady – creation his full entrance following a Jan pierce from Norwich – equalised with a overwhelming free-kick.

The Clarets roughly went forward before a mangle though Thibaut Courtois good denied Matt Lowton from tighten range.

Chelsea did not have a singular shot on aim in a second half as Burnley took a diversion to a Premier League leaders, Andre Gray contrast Courtois with a low expostulate when he was by one-on-one.

In a end, manager Antonio Conte will maybe cruise this a indicate gained as a Blues changed 10 points forward of Tottenham. Manchester City can tighten a opening to 8 points if they flog Bournemouth on Monday.

Burnley, meanwhile, are 12th.

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A blip for Blues opposite battling Burnley

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Diego Costa did not conduct a singular shot on target, with both his efforts blocked by a shining Burnley defence

Chelsea’s divided form in a Premier League is peerless though this was always going to be a formidable exam for a Blues.

Just dual sides have a improved home record than Burnley – Chelsea and Tottenham – with 28 of a Clarets’ 29 points collected before to a revisit of Conte’s organisation entrance during Turf Moor.

Initially, it looked like a visitors had a magnitude of their opponents, fast branch counterclaim into conflict to locate a Clarets out of position and open a scoring.

To Burnley’s credit, they did not desert a complement that had brought them so most success on home soil. They authorised Chelsea to browbeat possession though sealed them down fast as shortly as they approached a box.

A trained four-man counterclaim had a bustling Diego Costa and a fickle Eden Hazard underneath control, tying a Blues to usually dual shots on aim in a whole game, both of that came in a initial half.

It was usually a second time all deteriorate they have forsaken points opposite a side outward a tip six. With usually Manchester City and Manchester United left to face out of a heading group, it will take an almighty fall to repudiate a Blues a fifth Premier League title.

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Chelsea usually managed dual shots on target, both of that were from inside a box. As they struggled to mangle by a Burnley counterclaim they resorted to efforts from distance. Every one of their long-range strikes went wide

Time to start Fabregas?

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Cesc Fabregas had one shot and played one pivotal pass after entrance on in a 67th minute

A pivotal cause in Chelsea’s considerable deteriorate has been consistency, with Conte frequency creation changes to his side unless forced to.

Against Burnley, he chose a same XI that started in a 3-1 home win opposite Arsenal final time out. That meant Cesc Fabregas – who scored opposite a Gunners – had to make do with a place on a bench.

Despite Conte recently job Fabregas “a genius” and contrast him to Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, a Spanish midfielder has started usually 5 games this season.

N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic were elite in midfield opposite Burnley though both are defensive-minded and it fast became transparent that Chelsea were lacking a creativity of someone like Fabregas.

Once again Fabregas climbed off a dais though with 20 mins remaining opposite a dynamic Burnley side, it left him small time to make an impression.

It could be time for Conte to give Chelsea’s ‘Pirlo’ his possibility to gleam for a run-in.

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Conte congratulates ‘very tough’ Burnley

Fortress Turf Moor

Burnley’s home form has all though guaranteed their Premier League standing for subsequent season, with Sean Dyche’s side absolutely in mid-table and 10 points transparent of a relegation zone.

But while their home form is as good as anyone’s in a tip flight, their divided form has been on standard with a side battling to stay up. They’ve collected usually one indicate on their travels, a daunting record going into 4 uninterrupted divided games.

The further of Brady appears an shrewd signing and, along with Joey Barton, means they possess dual players who are lethal from set-pieces.

No side have scored some-more goals from approach free-kicks than Burnley this deteriorate and that could paint their best possibility of picking adult some much-needed points on a road.

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Burnley creation clear swell – Dyche

Man of a compare – Michael Keane

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Michael Keane (left) was instrumental in preventing Chelsea from handling a shot on aim in a second half

What they said

Burnley trainer Sean Dyche: “Chelsea are a excellent side. They are a marketplace leaders for a reason and we singular them to dual shots on aim and that is tough enough.

“We done 4 or 5 unequivocally good chances. we am really gratified overall. The genius here, we am gratified about a expansion in a side.

“We are sappy as a side as people and as a team. You need assuredness in a Premier League. we was super tender with a greeting to their goal. We were not unhappy or stepping on a behind foot.”

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: “It is one indicate and for certain we contingency be disappointed. We attempted to win. We started really good and scored a idea and combined chances to measure a second goal.

“We attempted to win though we know Burnley during home are not easy. They have taken 29 points during home. Now it is critical to continue to work.

“I consider we attempted to build and do a football for sure. Burnley attempted to interrupt a play. They played prolonged balls and a second turn is not easy. It is not easy to play opposite this team. It is really particular. At home they are really tough.”

Costa idea drought continues – a stats

  • Burnley have left 6 top-flight games dominant during home for a initial time given Sep 1975.
  • Chelsea (19) have scored a initial idea of a diversion some-more times than any other Premier League group this deteriorate and have nonetheless to remove (W16 D3).
  • Burnley have never won a Premier League confront opposite Chelsea (D2 L4).
  • Pedro has now scored 9 times in all competitions for Chelsea this season, leading his sum of 8 in 2015-16.
  • Robbie Brady is a initial Premier League actor to measure a approach free-kick v Chelsea (in a PL) given Rickie Lambert in Mar 2013.
  • Brady is a third Burnley actor to measure on his initial Premier League start for a bar alongside Scott Arfield v Chelsea in Aug 2014 and Daniel Fox v West Ham in Feb 2010.
  • Diego Costa has unsuccessful to measure in 3 uninterrupted Premier League appearances for a initial time given April-May 2016.

What next?

After hosting non-league Lincoln City in a FA Cup fifth turn on Saturday [12:30 GMT], Burnley start a run of 4 divided games in a quarrel when they transport to Hull City on 25 February.

Chelsea are also in FA Cup movement during a weekend. They transport to Championship side Wolves [17:30] on Saturday before hosting Swansea in a Premier League a following weekend.

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 1, Chelsea 1.

Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Chelsea 1.

Foul by N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) is shown a yellow label for a bad foul.

Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a giveaway flog in a aggressive half.

Joey Barton (Burnley) is shown a yellow label for a bad foul.

Willian (Chelsea) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Foul by Joey Barton (Burnley).

Substitution, Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi replaces Pedro.

Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a giveaway flog on a right wing.

Attempt missed. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from a centre of a box is high and far-reaching to a right. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Andre Gray.

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Stephen Ward (Burnley) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Matthew Lowton (Burnley) is shown a yellow label for a bad foul.

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a giveaway flog on a left wing.

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

Pedro (Chelsea) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

David Luiz (Chelsea) is shown a yellow card.

Attempt missed. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from outward a box misses to a right. Assisted by Pedro.

Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Victor Moses.

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outward a box is too high.

Ashley Westwood (Burnley) is shown a yellow label for a bad foul.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a giveaway flog in a aggressive half.

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Burnley).

Substitution, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas replaces Nemanja Matic.

Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Substitution, Burnley. Scott Arfield replaces Robbie Brady.

Attempt missed. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) right footed shot from outward a box is usually a bit too high. Assisted by N’Golo Kanté.

Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from a left side of a box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Attempt blocked. Victor Moses (Chelsea) left footed shot from a right side of a box is blocked. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by David Luiz.

Attempt blocked. Diego Costa (Chelsea) left footed shot from a centre of a box is blocked.

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