Chelsea and Burnley drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge. Based on both clubs’ current form, the Blues should have won all three points on the night.
From the beginning of the season, Chelsea has been in imperious form, earning a reputation as a difficult team to beat. The Clarets, on the other hand, put them to the test on Saturday afternoon. The Blues dominated the first half of the game, and Kai Havertz gave them the lead after the half-hour mark. However, a late goal from Matej Vydra of Burnley put them on the back foot.
Thomas Tuchel’s team gave everything they had on the field. However, it was one of those days when nothing they tried seemed to work, and the game finished in a 1-1 tie.
Chelsea has a seven-game winning streak going into Saturday’s match. The Blues had defeated Southampton, Brentford, Malmo, Norwich City, and Newcastle United. However, against a tenacious Burnley team, that winning streak came to an end. For extended stretches of the game, the Clarets sat back and troubled Chelsea.
Sean Dyche’s team only had two shots on target, one of which was the equalizer. It’s fair to say Chelsea were really unlucky not to get the three points. The Blues, on the other hand, were not clinical upfront.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Havertz, and Ross Barley had great chances to win the game but misread their lines. Chelsea deserved a lot more from this game, but perhaps a result like this is just what they need to wake up.
The Blues have been without Romelu Lukaku for a few weeks and have managed to get by without him up until now.
Chelsea, on the other hand, missed Lukaku’s services for the first time since his injury. The 28-year-old brings a lot to the squad up front, and he could have converted one of his teammates’ several chances against Burnley.
Lukaku’s presence also creates space for the rest of Chelsea’s attackers. Sadly, he wasn’t available because he’s the only player who could have changed this tie into a win.
The Blues shouldn’t be concerned about dropping points against Burnley. They will almost certainly finish the international break at the top of the Premier League table.
On the other hand, Chelsea will face more low-block opponents in the coming weeks. To break down such teams, they’ll need a clinical target man like Romelu Lukaku.