Chelsea 3-0 Burnley: Blues Cruise At Stamford Bridge

Chelsea Despite an inspired performance by the Clarets ‘keeper, the home side made it four wins out of four.

Nine months after departing Stamford Bridge with a famous League Cup win, Burnley returned to Chelseahoping for a similar result but this time in the Premier League.

Indeed after beating champions Manchester United and Everton, Owen Coyle’s men were full of confidence as they took on the west Londoners.

However, the first half was a one-sided affair with the home side dominating the play yet being frustrated for long periods due to an inspired performance from Clarets’ stopper Brian Jensen.

It took only three minutes for Carlo Ancelotti’s men to go close, Nicolas Anelka finding himself free, cut inside and unleashed a shot on his weaker foot that Jensen saved calmly.

Less than a minute later and the Frenchman went even closer. A twisting, turning run by Michael Ballack saw the German cross to Anelka at the far post and the striker was inches away from heading home unmarked. 

Still the chances came, a mistake by Alexander allowed Anelka a one-on-one with Jensen but a heavy touch at a crucial moment by the striker allowed the Dane to pounce on the ball. 

Ballack was next, cruising into the box with a clever turn that left Bikey on the turf. With just Jensen to beat the German attempted a dink but the goalkeeper did brilliantly to block.

The veteran was at it again minutes later when a corner found Terry in the box and he showed a great first touch before poking a shot goalwards which flew straight at Jensen.

Incredibly, Terry then turned provider, heading a glorious ball from Michael Essien to Frank Lampard but his shot at point blank range was straight at the stopper. 

Yet for all their pressure the two best chances of the half surely fell to the visitors who could easily have opened the scoring.

With only seven minutes on the clock McCann was allowed to slice through the Chelsea half, unimpeded yet his shot was too high and sailed harmlessly over the bar. 

Martin Paterson was to have an even better chance,  after some sloppy defending allowed Mears to race through on goal.

He then squared a pass for his striker to finish but instead he sliced his shot narrowly wide with the goal gaping. 

Just as it looked as though Burnley would survive until the break, Chelsea finally scored in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

Drogba raced onto a through ball from Essien down the right wing, before firing in a low cross for Anelka to tap home at the far post for a deserved lead.

The home side picked up where they had left off at the beginning of the second half and within minutes of the restart they had doubled their lead.

A poor clearance fell only to Anelka on the left wing, he slipped a ball to Lampard and the midfielder chipped in a lovely cross for a diving Ballack to head past Jensen.

Chelsea were now rampant and went on to grab a third with a little over 50 minutes on the clock.

Another flowing move saw Ashley Cole play a one-two with Lampard, before picking up the return and firing a superb shot past Jensen and into the far corner. 

With a comfortable lead established the home side slipped into cruise control but still the chances came, although Jensen ensured the score line did not become a humiliation.

Acrobatic stops denied both Essien and Ballack whilst Mears had to be alert to scoop a shot off the line by substitute Saloman Kalou late on as the Clarets wilted in the London sunshine.

For Chelsea, meanwhile, it was sweet revenge for last season whilst another win and another clean sheet means their perfect start to the season continues.


~ by footballdirecta on August 30, 2009.

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