Let’s check out the player ratings from the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso were on target to seal Thomas Tuchel a first win as Chelsea manager in a 2-0 thumping of Burnley.
After an underwhelming goalless debut against Wolves, which lacked creativity and excitement, Tuchel headed into his second game hoping for a response. He needed his new side to be more incisive this time. And the players delivered with a dominant performance at Stamford Bridge.
In fact, Burnley managed just a single shot throughout the 90 minutes to leave goalkeeper Edouard Mendy untroubled. The visitors defended well early on, but they were caught out with a quick counter in the 40th-minute.
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Mason Mount raced forward and passed the ball to Callum Hudson-Odoi, who brilliantly set-up Azpilicueta to smash the ball from the right side of the box into the back of the net. It was the club’s first goal under Tuchel and the skipper’s sixth goal under a different Chelsea manager.
Burnley never really recovered from that setback and posed little threat. The Clarets, who have scored twice in their last nine away league games, couldn’t challenge up front and slumped to a 10th defeat of the season.
Marcos Alonso, who made his first appearance since September, then capped off his comeback with a superb late volley to wrap up a 2-0 win.
Chelsea, who have now kept 15 clean sheets in 31 games across all competitions, have moved back into the top-10 in the Premier League table. Up next is a trip to Tottenham on Thursday.
Chelsea: Mendy (6); Azpilicueta (8), Silva (8), Rudiger (7); Hudson-Odoi (8), Jorginho (8), Kovacic (7), Alonso (8); Mount (7), Werner (7); Abraham (6).
Bench: Pulisic (7), James (6), Havertz (6).
Burnley: Pope (7); Lowton (7), Tarkowski (7), Mee (7), Pieters (6); Brady (6), Westwood (6), Cork (5), McNeil (6); Vydra (6), Wood (6).
Bench: Mumbongo (5), Rodriguez (6), Guomundsson (6).
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