Chelsea returned to within two points of Premier League leaders Liverpool with a commanding 4-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.
Alvaro Morata’s first-half strike was followed by fine long-range efforts from Ross Barkley and Willian after the break before Ruben Loftus-Cheek completed his productive week with a late goal to ensure Maurizio Sarri became the first Chelsea manager to go unbeaten in his first 10 Premier League games.
Morata might have had a hat-trick in the opening 45 minutes, but was denied by two excellent Joe Hart saves, while Willian also hit a post in an eye-catching away performance by the Londoners, who were without the injured Eden Hazard.
Burnley rarely threatened after a bright opening 10 minutes which saw the returning Robbie Brady volley just wide and they remain on nine points, just three clear of the relegation zone.
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Burnley welcomed Robbie Brady back into their side for the first time since last December. He replaced the injured Aaron Lennon in the Clarets’ only change.
Chelsea were without the injured Eden Hazard once again as Maurizio Sarri made eight changes to the side that beat BATE in the Europa League. Kepa, Willian and Pedro were the only players to start both games, with Thursday’s hat-trick hero Ruben Loftus-Cheek forced to accept a place on the bench.
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