Chelsea were comfortable victors in their 4-1 win against Burnley on Saturday afternoon at Turf Moor in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side came away with all three points on their travels to Lancashire to take on Vincent Kompany’s team.
The away side started the contest in control, but it was the hosts who struck first. A sharp counter-attack fell to the feet of Wilson Odobert and the 18-year-old made no mistake in scoring his first ever Premier League goal.
Chelsea’s response to going a goal down was poor, but a huge slice of luck minutes before the half-time interval saw them draw level. Raheem Sterling, who was at the centre of most of the Blues’ first half chances, saw his deflected cross loop over James Trafford and drop into the Burnley net.
Following the interval, the travelling Chelsea were far better. They kickstarted the second half by winning a penalty. Sterling was brought down by Vitinho and Cole Palmer stepped up to score his first goal for the Blues.
The lead was then added to by Sterling himself. Conor Gallagher played the 28-year-old in behind the Burnley defence and he made no mistake by firing a delightful strike into the bottom right corner.
In the 74th minute, the game was put completely out of the hosts reach. Palmer found substitute Nicolas Jackson in the middle of the box, and after a quick swivel the Senegalese forward struck to add a fourth to the Blues’ tally.
The end of the game saw the action fizzle out, with Chelsea recording a very impressive win away from home.
Here are five things Absolute Chelsea learnt from the win.
1) A rare win from behind
Chelsea had been on good form coming into this game, but found themselves a goal down after just 15 minutes.
In the Blues’ last 19 Premier League games, they had been without a win when conceding the opening goal (D3 L16), but against Burnley they fought back from behind and came back to win the match in style.
Sterling led the visitors to this comeback. His persistence in the first half was the reason for levelling the game and as well as winning a penalty in the second 45 which Palmer converted, he also netted a goal of his own.
2) Four goals in one game
For the first time since April 2022, Chelsea have scored four goals in a Premier League game.
Despite the sloppy first half, the Blues turned it on in the second half. Palmer, Sterling and Jackson all found the back of net in what ended up being a very convincing win.
The goals were taken with great composure. When Chelsea had gone a goal down it looked as though it could have been another one of those bad days, but by being clinical they took all three points.
3) Three wins on the bounce
Chelsea have now won three games in a row In all competitions, defeating Brighton & Hove Albion, Fulham and Burnley respectively.
After a very difficult start to the season, the west Londoners finally seem to have found a rhythm under the management of Pochettino.
4) Cole Palmer scores his first Chelsea goal
The young winger who Chelsea purchased from Manchester City over the summer has become a regular starter in recent weeks and it is no coincidence that the Blues have won the three games he has started.
He had been the provider for goals against Brighton and Fulham, but against Burnley he both scored and got an assist.
There was great composure shown from the penalty spot to score his first Premier League and put Chelsea into the lead and he delightfully set up Jackson for the fourth goal of the afternoon.
5) Concerning first half
While Chelsea will come away from the game at full-time delighted with the win, the first half performance was worrying.
It was flat from the Blues and they were fortunate to find themselves going into the half-time break level with the Clarets.
A big slice of luck came their way when Sterling’s deflected cross dropped into the goal – before this moment, there had been little created by the visitors. Fortunately for them, they improved greatly in the second half.
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