Sunday, 12 February 2017

Burnley Vs Chelsea Match Report - Matchday 25

Before I begin to talk what happened in the game, let me tell you guys that this was by no means a miss-match. Why? Because of Burnley’s home form. Only Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal had more points from home games that Burnley. This stat alone was sufficient to make every Chelsea fan worried.

Another notable mention is that our captain Gary Cahill was making his 150th Premier League appearance.


Now off, to the game

Team News  

Chelsea FC : Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill,  Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs : Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Chalobah, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi

Burnley : Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Boyd, Barton, Westwood, Brady, Gray and Barnes

Subs : Flanagan, Arfield, Vokes, Darikwa, Gumundsson, Tarkowski and Robinson

 

Game Review

It was bright start to the game by Chelsea and the away side got what they deserved. A goal in the 7th minute from Pedro courtesy of a Moses assist brightened the mood a lot and you know how Conte reacts in such situations.  

Immediately following the opener, Burnley had two good chances to go for goal but they just couldn’t convert their chances.

For the next ten minutes it was all a back and forth game where neither team were able to create any real chance.

The area where Costa struggled the most today were those high ball control, which somehow bounces off him and lands in the feet of our opponents.

In the 23rd minute Burnley were awarded a free-kick in a very good position due to a foul by Matic and Brady made no mistake. It was a beauty of a curl from the Burnley man as the pace with which he hit it was sufficient to take it past Courtois and the game was back to square one.

In the first half we showed great ball control and dominated the game with our possession. I though believe that Hazard could have done better. He was doing his usual thing with the ball but his movements were more towards the center of the pitch rather than doing it in the opposition’s penalty box.

In the 35th minute Burnley really broke Chelsea’s defense and had a really really good chance to score but Courtois was able to block it with his legs. That was seriously the most exciting moment in the entire first half. It proved that the home team were not going to make it easy for Chelsea.

An additional 1 minute was added to the first half but it was all passing and no show.

Chelsea had an overall 71% of possession during the first half while Burnley had one attempt (3) more on target than Chelsea (2). Both teams were defensively solid at the back. Overall the first half was evenly matched.
It was half time and it was time for both the managers to come up with a strategy to outsmart the other.

When the second half begun everyone thought that this match was precisely the challenge that Chelsea need to test themselves and they could not have been more correct.

A very silly defensive error from Matic and Luiz allowed Gray to make a breakout run and passed the ball to Barnes who took a clear shot at goal but Courtois held the ball. For a moment time stood still.

The second half of the game was all about substitution after substitution and then it was booking after booking after booking as neither of the teams wanted to give even a single chance for the other team to take advantage. It was more of a battle of defense as the teams wanted to shout out loud YOU ARE NOT GETTING PAST ME.

Even with four minutes of added time neither of the teams could find a break and in the end the stats were similar as the first half with Burnley managing an extra shot at goal.

It was nothing short of a battle and one heck of a football match that was nothing short of entertaining.

Chelsea still remain on top and even if Manchester City with their match against Bournemouth and climb up to second place, Chelsea will still be having a 8 point lead.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post.