Emphatic finishes from Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso gave Thomas Tuchel his first victory as Chelsea head coach towards a below-par Burnley.
Captain Azpilicueta – the longest-serving participant within the workforce – drilled Callum Hudson-Odoi’s lay-off excessive previous Nick Pope simply earlier than half-time within the Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge.
Azpilicueta’s fellow Spanish defender Alonso added a cultured second late on, skilfully controlling a Christian Pulisic cross earlier than lashing a volley over Pope at his close to publish.
The spectacular Hudson-Odoi was unfortunate to not rating in between with a shot that was deflected on to a publish by Burnley defender Erik Pieters.
Chelsea comfortably registered a second successive clear sheet underneath Tuchel, whose first sport was the midweek goalless draw with Wolves, as Burnley didn’t handle a shot on course.
The one draw back for Tuchel was Timo Werner’s failure to attain for a twelfth league sport as Chelsea climbed three locations to seventh within the desk, whereas Burnley stay fifteenth.
Outdated faces welcome Tuchel’s new period
No gamers in Tuchel’s beginning line-up have been at Chelsea longer than Azpilicueta, a 2012 signing from Marseille, and Alonso, who arrived 4 years later from Fiorentina.
It was unusually becoming that an Azpilicueta aim ought to christen the Tuchel period given he was the one member of Chelsea’s present crop to play alongside predecessor Frank Lampard in addition to underneath him.
Azpilicueta’s aim was harking back to Lampard’s behavior of showing within the penalty space on the proper time, crowning a flowing break by overlapping Hudson-Odoi and firing into the roof of the web.
It was Azpilicueta’s first aim in additional than a yr and, whereas Alonso’s effort was not fairly as shocking given his propensity to search out the web, his mere inclusion in Tuchel’s aspect was an eye-opener given he had not performed for greater than 4 months.
Recalled rather than Ben Chilwell, Alonso produced an outstanding piece of ability, chesting down Pulisic’s centre and taking one other contact on his knee earlier than unleashing a robust volley.
The end gave the scoreline a fairer slant with Chelsea dominant, trying 19 pictures to Burnley’s one, and Hudson-Odoi a menace all through.
Chelsea stay three locations and 4 factors off the Champions League spots however this show – towards a Burnley aspect that had been in wonderful kind – will give Tuchel perception that the hole might be bridged.
Burnley unable to recreate Anfield heroics
For almost all of the primary half, the sport had the sensation of Burnley’s memorable current win at Liverpool, once they pissed off their hosts for lengthy intervals and pinched a late winner.
Till Azpilicueta’s opener Pope was troubled solely by a few routine long-range efforts from an more and more determined Werner.
However as soon as Burnley went behind they didn’t have a solution and weren’t helped by the withdrawal although damage of main scorer Chris Wooden simply after the hour.
James Tarkowski’s stoppage-time header from a nook was the sum complete of their efforts, and even that didn’t hit the goal as Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy remained a spectator.
Successive wins – at Anfield and at dwelling to Aston Villa – lifted Burnley eight factors away from the relegation zone and recommend this meek show needs to be a one-off.
Nonetheless, any prolonged absence for Wooden would fear supervisor Sean Dyche given his aspect stay the second lowest scorers within the division with 13 targets as they drew a clean for the eleventh time in 20 video games.
They have been indebted to England keeper Pope for limiting the margin of defeat, denying Reece James, Werner and Pulisic within the second half in addition to stopping Ben Mee turning a Hudson-Odoi cross into his personal internet.
‘We by no means received scared’ – what they mentioned
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel informed BBC Sport: “We had numerous half probabilities however we needed to wait a very long time. What impressed me was that we by no means misplaced management and we had braveness and confidence to impose our fashion.
“We by no means received scared and we stayed affected person. The perspective and power was excellent. We solely conceded one shot within the 94th minute.
“It was a tough workforce effort and a deserved win. The blokes towards Wolves additionally took their likelihood. I am very pleased with the efficiency and power. It provides us a giant enhance for confidence.”
Burnley supervisor Sean Dyche: “The very best aspect received. I’ve received no complaints. Within the second half they have been by far the higher aspect. We have been a bit off within the second half and Chelsea had a greater tempo.
“Typically folks overlook there’s a huge hole between a workforce like Chelsea and ourselves, however they actually turned up within the second half.
“We do have days when the opposite groups play effectively and get a end result. It is all about what occurs over the course of the season. You’ve got to carry a risk and at this time we did not.”
Azpilicueta is Chelsea’s fortunate appeal – the stats
- Chelsea have claimed 4 consecutive wins in all competitions towards Burnley for the primary time since December 1982.
- Burnley have failed to attain in seven of their previous 9 away Premier League video games, managing solely two targets.
- Thomas Tuchel is the primary Chelsea supervisor to maintain a clear sheet in every of his first two Premier League video games since Rafael Benitez in 2012.
- Burnley’s first shot didn’t arrive till the 94th minute – their longest wait for his or her first shot in a Premier League sport.
- Chelsea have but to lose a league sport by which Cesar Azpilicueta has scored (W5 D4).
- Callum Hudson-Odoi has been straight concerned in 5 targets in his previous eight begins in all competitions, scoring three and offering two assists.
- Mason Mount (22y 21d) turned the youngest English participant to make 50 Premier League begins for Chelsea since John Terry in 2002 (21y 124d).
Burnley welcome Pep Guardiola’s league leaders Manchester Metropolis to Turf Moor on Wednesday at 18:00 GMT.
Chelsea go to Tottenham – managed by former Blues boss Jose Mourinho – on Thursday at 20:00.
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- 19MountSubstituted forHavertzat 80′minutes
- 9AbrahamSubstituted forPulisicat 45′minutes
- 12BradySubstituted forMumbongoat 76′minutes
- 18WestwoodBooked at 60mins
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Match ends, Chelsea 2, Burnley 0.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Burnley 0.
Try missed. James Tarkowski (Burnley) header from very shut vary is excessive and extensive to the left. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross following a nook.
Nook, Burnley. Conceded by Thiago Silva.
Foul by Kai Havertz (Chelsea).
Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick on the precise wing.
Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a by ball, however Timo Werner is caught offside.
Offside, Burnley. Jóhann Gudmundsson tries a by ball, however Joel Mumbongo is caught offside.
Aim! Chelsea 2, Burnley 0. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left aspect of the six yard field to the excessive centre of the aim. Assisted by Christian Pulisic.
Try saved. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left aspect of the six yard field is saved within the centre of the aim. Assisted by Kai Havertz.
Substitution, Chelsea. Kai Havertz replaces Mason Mount.
Offside, Chelsea. Thiago Silva tries a by ball, however Reece James is caught offside.
Substitution, Burnley. Joel Mumbongo replaces Robbie Brady.
Try missed. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) proper footed shot from exterior the field is simply too excessive. Assisted by Jorginho.
Try saved. Reece James (Chelsea) proper footed shot from the precise aspect of the field is saved within the centre of the aim. Assisted by Jorginho.
Substitution, Chelsea. Reece James replaces Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Foul by Mason Mount (Chelsea).
Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is shut, however misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Try missed. Mason Mount (Chelsea) proper footed shot from exterior the field is shut, however misses to the left. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.