Chelsea got back to winning ways in impressive fashion yesterday with a ruthless second half display at Turf Moor to take home a 4-0 victory against hapless Burnley. The goals came from Reece James, Christian Pulisic and there was a brace for Kai Havertz.
There was so much to enjoy but here are five things we learnt in the encounter against Burnley.
Reece James proves his point with dominating performance to down Burnley
It has been very evident since Thomas Tuchel took charge of Chelsea that the German loves to use the five at the back system and primarily this season we have struggled so much to fill the gaps left by the injured Ben Chilwell and Reece James.
We saw glimpses of it against Luton and Liverpool when he came on it but against Burnley yesterday we saw first hand how valuable he is to this side and the system.
In every single aspect of his game we have missed him just because he is the complete player in that position. Defensively he is more solid and he holds a scary presence down that right hand side that is enough to scare anyone particularly because of his physicality and strength but going forward as well he is just as dangerous as many of the best attackers in the league.
We have seen in so many games this season that if James gets into the box then he will definitely back himself to score and he showed it again. The calmness and composure to send three Burnley defenders and smash it past Nick Pope was superb and just shows what a player he is.
He set us on our way and he also assisted the third goal with neat play down the right. If anyone had any doubts before about his position or his ability then they have 100% seen it first hand this season, the difference he makes to our side is outrageous.
Havertz is a better pick up front than Lukaku
The main talking point in the past few months surrounding Chelsea on the field has been Romelu Lukaku. Despite scoring in mid-week against Luton in the FA Cup he was on the bench at Turf Moor yesterday which has been a common theme recently and I think this all but confirms the future of our Belgian striker.
Although all this speculation has began to bring through the emergence of Kai Havertz. He had a very impressive end to last season with goals a handful of goals and many (including myself) believed that this would carry through into this season. Unfortunately this hasn’t quite been the case.
It may have taken him a while but it seems that we are finally beginning to see the Havertz that lit up the Bundesliga. With Goals against Palmerias and Lille it seems that he is finally finding his goal scoring feet.
He was a standout performer against Liverpool and had it not been for the offside flag he would’ve been our final hero again.
Being honest I did have my doubts about him starting against Burnley because of the type of opposition that they are but he was brilliant and is starting to impact games with his own style. He first goal was cultured, a breakaway run to the back post and a brilliant header.
His second was more routine, a tap-in on the line but it still shows the desire he is now getting to find the space and break the lines.
He was superb and when taking everything into account it shows that he can be more adaptable and more influential on games that Lukaku and quite frankly he has a more dangerous presence about him due to his ball playing and aggressive style.
I just hope that this continue and if it does then we could have our next superstar.
Thiago Silva: Chelsea icon and a world class defender
At 37 years of age many would think that Thiago Silva would be a rotational player and help out with many of the young players due to his experience, which I’m sure he does but apart from that he is insane on the pitch.
The amount he plays is ridiculous and at the intensity that he does is an achievement in himself. He is a Rolls Royce in that back three and his knowledge of the game is second to none.
Every single game he plays as if it is his last and he gives everything which as a fan is all you want from any player let alone someone of his pedigree.
The respect he has for his football and the club makes it hard not to sit and admire what he has done and what kind of a person he is.
Just because he isn’t 10 years younger doesn’t mean he isn’t up there with the likes of Ruben Dias or Virgil Van Dijk because he is.
For any young defender he is the perfect example of how important it is to know the game and how to have an impact. These days it is all about playing out quickly and dribbling with the ball but he does it all, he’s so calm and so solid and we’re so lucky to have him.
Without a doubt a cult hero at this club.
Thomas Tuchel’s stock keeps rising
With everything that has happened over the past week with Roman Abramovich and the club being put up for sale, Tuchel has been so open about his feelings for the club and has said he will stay no matter what happens regarding new ownership.
He has been thrown so many different problems this season in terms of Covid, injuries and off the field issues but despite all this he has managed to rally the side and win two trophies plus a cup final appearance.
One thing that I admire about Tuchel is the fact that isn’t afraid to make big decisions. Leaving Lukaku out was without a doubt the biggest talking point yesterday but it is so evident that he really takes this time to analyse the opponent and pick the best team based of off that information.
And that was proved again. He chose Reece James because of his creativity and ball deliveries and he chose Pulisic and Havertz based of their recent appearances and all of these decisions payed off with all three players involved in the goals.
With a team like Burnley who set up deep and look to play long ball it can be easy to get complacent and concede chances which is what happened in the first half but in the second 45 we looked like a different team.
He said that he reminded the team of their creativity and shape and he stuck with the same 11 and again it was another decision which worked.
He really is the perfect manager for Chelsea and he is someone who really knows his job. He understands the league now but most importantly he understands the club and the players.
He is transitioning the club and the faith he has in a lot of the young players is so good and you can see that. No matter what happens with the ownership, Tuchel has to stay because we have the making of a really dangerous title challenge as long as he is in charge.
You have to do it on a cold, wintery day at Turf Moor
Despite having a very good record at Turf Moor it is a very Chelsea thing to do and either lose a game like this or scrape a dodgy 1-0 result.
Now with all respect to Burnley who do play well against the big sides, we should win comfortably every single time we play them but that isn’t always the case.
The second half was a masterclass from the boys and we tore them apart in a really good manner.
These are the games that we should take in our stride and get the three points with relative ease and this is what the big teams do like city.
We really are so close to challenging them and if we show this level of composure and consistency for the rest of the season in these types of games then there isn’t any reason why we can’t go and have a title challenge next season.
Overall it was a good day yesterday and we must take this into the Norwich game and then from that we can go and cement our place in that top four.
Written by Finn Glowacki (@finn_glowacki22)
Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)