Wasteful Chelsea held at home by Burnley

From the beginning of the game untill the final whistle, Chelsea dominated the game but lacked a clinical edge. Thomas Tuchel’s side, who were left flustered and frantic, were made to rue a litany of missed chances as Chris Wood somehow snatched a late equalizer at Stamford Bridge.

The 1-1 draw will leave a bitter taste on Chelsea’s title charge and invite serious questions on their wasteful finish in the absence of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. Alhough the London club will go into the international break on top of the league, the thought of Liverpool and Man city breathing down over their shoulders will be something they would worry about. They would blame themselves for this because they had every opportunity to kill the game off earlier which they failed to do.

How they weren’t punished and widely beaten by Chelsea, though, will remain a furious mystery to Tuchel.

The forebears of a lopsided victory had been evident from the outset, like the smell of stale cordite after Guy Fawkes` Night. What was ostensibly a weakened Chelsea side, with Ross Barkley hauled from a gilded periphery for a first league start for the club in over 15 months, sparked into life instantly.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was afforded an incomprehensible amount of space on the right-wing, pounced on Barkley’s pass, and forced a fine save from Nick Pope before flashing the rebound wide of the far post. Even Andreas Christensen and Rudiger both headed the ball wide a few times from corner kicks, with Thiago Silva hitting the goalpost early in the second half. The minutes ticked away, Burnley’s courage boiled to the surface, and soon after they struck. With just over ten minutes remaining, Josh Brownhill’s cross was nodded down by Matt Vydra, and Wood, suddenly in acres of space, thrashed home his 50th Premier League goal.

Chelsea would love to bounce back after the international break in two weeks’ time as they would be traveling to king power stadium on the 20th of November.

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