Chelsea 1-1 Burnley – Late Vydra goal stuns wasteful Blues

A frustrating day at the office for Chelsea as Tuchel’s men are held at home to Burnley (Edit by @pabloedition)

Chelsea’s four game winning run in the league was ended on Saturday by Burnley in a 1-1 draw. The Blues dominated the majority of the game and created several chances, but the finishing touch wasn’t there and after holding out, Burnley found a late equaliser to earn themselves a point as it ended Chelsea 1-1 Burnley.

Team News

Just like after the first Malmö game in the Champions League, Thomas Tuchel made several changes for the following Premier League game. Ross Barkley got his first league start of the season in place of Tuesday’s matchwinner Hakim Ziyech. The returning N’Golo Kante took the place of the impressive Ruben Loftus-Cheek whilst the English full back duo of Ben Chilwell and Reece James reclaimed their places in the side over Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta. There was also a return for Mason Mount on the bench after his illness.

However, for Burnley, they named an unchanged side after their first win of the season at home to Brentford last Saturday. Summer signing Max Cornet, who has four goals already, kept his place up front. Also, Sean Dyche opted to keep the partnerships between James Tarkowski and Ben Mee and Ashley Westwood and Josh Brownhill together.

First Half

After a short early spell of Burnley pressure, Barkley drove at the heart of the Burnley defence before slipping in Callum Hudson-Odoi, but his shot was very well saved by Nick Pope down to his right.

The next few minutes was a tale of headed efforts for the Blues. Hudson-Odoi’s cross was glanced wide by Andreas Christensen before of all people Jorginho forced Pope into a save and then Antonio Rüdiger, from the resulting corner, headed over despite being unmarked in the box.

Barkley continued to have a positive effect on the game as his right footed curling shot just evaded the far corner in the 13th minute. He would be at the centre of most of Chelsea’s good work over the next few minutes without anything coming from it.

Meanwhile, Burnley rarely troubled the Chelsea defence all half and their only real chance of note came when Max Cornet attempted an acrobatic overhead kick which looped up to Edouard Mendy.

Finally, in the 33rd minute Chelsea’s relentless knocking on the Burnley door paid dividends. James’ pinpoint cross from the right edge of the penalty area found Kai Havertz in between two Burnley defenders who only had to glance it on its way. A much welcome goal for the big money German signing.

The goal somewhat took the sting out of the half and aside from a blazed Barkley shot over the bar, Tuchel’s side marshalled the game well to ensure they went into the break ahead.

HT: Chelsea 1-0 Burnley

Second Half

Whilst the start of the first half was mostly about Barkley, for the second the focus was on right wing back James. For the second time in the game, he had a shot blocked by Charlie Taylor before from the subsequent corner, he put in a cross from a similar position to the goal which Thiago Silva couldn’t quite steer into the net.

The Englishman would play a role in Chelsea’s next attacking passage of play as Havertz’s effort from a matter of yards appeared to deflect over off Matt Lowton. James took up the role of an inverted fullback, allowing Hudson-Odoi to go wide and get the cross in for Havertz.

A couple of brief scares at the back followed for Chelsea but they were well dealt with by the likes of Christensen and Mendy, but normal service resumed shortly afterwards.

The constantly impressing Hudson-Odoi beat a man in the box and his shot seemed destined to bulge in the back of the net before Pope pulled off a fabulous save with his feet. Moments later a Jorginho long shot, despite being blocked early in its path, seemed to trouble the Burnley backline.

The home side continued to ramp up the pressure as Hudson-Odoi cut inside from the right before finding Barkley in acres of room on the penalty spot. However, he leant back too far and skied it over the bar. This would be the ex-Everton player’s last touch on the pitch as he was replaced by Loftus-Cheek.

However, that chance appeared to rejuvenate the away side and after Josh Brownhill’s shot went out for a corner, Jay Rodriguez’s glancing header went into the side netting, but the telling moment would come five minutes later.

Ashley Westwood’s first time high cross found Rodriguez who got above his man and coolly headed it back across goal to Matej Vydra, who took a touch and poked it past the diving Mendy to bring Burnley level. Questions will be asked of Chelsea’s defending under the high ball as this goal marked the first time they had conceded from open play all season in the league.

As to be expected, Chelsea started to dictate proceedings again but the best chances in the final few moments would fall to the Clarets. On the counter Rodriguez looked to be in on goal but Silva came across well to divert him away from goal before Vydra’s looping shot drifted wide of the post with Mendy in no man’s land.

FT: Chelsea 1-1 Burnley

Team Line-Ups

Chelsea (3-4-3): Mendy (GK); Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho (capt), Chilwell; Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz

Subbed on: Loftus-Cheek (for Barkley, 73 mins), Pulisic (for Hudson-Odoi, 85 mins), Mount (for Kante, 85 mins)

Goals: Havertz (33 mins)

Burnley (4-4-2): Pope (GK); Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil, Cornet, Wood

Subbed on: Rodriguez (for Wood, 61 mins), Vydra (for Gudmundsson, 70 mins), Pieters (for Cornet, 88 mins)

Goals: Vydra (79 mins)

Written by Harrison (@indepthFandC)

Edited by Matt North (@MattNorth_)

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