Chelsea fail to punish Man Utd, Arsenal and Tottenham after drawing to Burnley

Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw by Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening as the Blues missed the chance to move up to third in the Premier League table...


Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw by Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening as the Blues missed the chance to move up to third in the Premier League table. Victory for Maurizio Sarri’s side would have seen Chelsea overtake Tottenham and consolidate their top-four position following a weekend that saw Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United all lose. But the Blues were forced to settle for a point after both teams scored twice in the opening 24 minutes of the match. It was Jeff Hendrick who gave Burnley, now virtually safe from relegation, an early lead with a superb volley from the edge of the box.

Eden Hazard assisted N’Golo Kante for Chelsea’s equaliser, before the hosts went in front through a fine Gonzalo Higuain strike. Ashley Barnes levelled for Burnley just ten minutes later, however, and neither side were able to score a winner after the break. Chelsea, who are level on points with Tottenham and just one and three points above Arsenal and Manchester United respectively, were booed off. Speaking after the match, Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton said: ‘It was a massive point. We knew it would be a tough game.


“You could see how much it meant to the lads. We’ve been very good at offensive and defensive set-plays. Gonzalo Higuain’s shot was a rocket. I couldn’t get my hands onto it. We can soak up pressure and make it awkward for teams.”

Former Chelsea star Gus Poyet, meanwhile, said: “I think that it shows Chelsea were in control and the team attacking, but we expect that from Burnley.”

Source: MetroUK



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