Chelsea stretched their unbeaten run to ten league games as they romped to victory over Sean Dyche’s Burnley, who have now lost six of their ten Premier League games.
The big news in the lead-up to the match was Chelsea’s starting line-up, which did not include star man Eden Hazard, who is still recovering from a back injury suffered in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United last weekend.
However this did not hinder Chelsea in the slightest as the Blues put four goals past Joe Hart, with Alvaro Morata even contributing by providing the opening goal.
Despite scoring a hat trick against BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday, Ruben Loftus-Cheek did not force his way into the first XI.
However, due to an injury to Pedro in the first half, Maurizio Sarri was forced into an early change, which saw the Englishman make just his third Premier League appearance this season. The 22-year old made the most of his opportunity, as he bagged Chelsea’s fourth goal in the final minutes of the match, with his fellow England international Ross Barkley and Willian also getting on the scoresheet.
“For 10 minutes it was difficult at the beginning but then we played very well. I am very happy for Alvaro Morata and Loftus-Cheek again.” Sarri told the BBC.
“I am disappointed for Giroud because today I thought he could score. He needs to score. At the end, everything is OK. We played very well in full control of the match for the last 80 minutes.
With the win today at Turf Moor, Chelsea have matched their unbeaten run of 10 games which they last achieved in the 14/15 season. The Blues went on to claim the title that year. But Sarri’s thoughts are purely trained on next week’s League Cup Last 16 tie against Frank Lampard’s Derby County.
“At the moment we have to start to think about the next match. We play on Wednesday and we have a difficult game, we want to go on in the competition.” Sarri added.