By David Shams
Sean Dyche’s Burnley side stormed into Stamford Bridge and stole a point from a club surrounded by turmoil. News has been leaking that star-player Eden Hazard is likely on his way out, headed to Madrid on a transfer.
The game itself, though, started a bit like last Wednesday’s City v Spurs match—four goals within the first 24 minutes. There was a sense there’d be more goals in the match, but the game ended knotted at two goals a piece.
Irish midfielder Jeff Hendrick opened the scoring, volleying a poor clearance past Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
But, four minutes later N’Golo Kante finished off a back pass from Hazard to bring the score level. And two minutes after that, Gonzalo Higuain blasted his shot into the back of the net after a quick give and go with Cesar Azpilicueta.
Chelsea’s lead lasted only ten minutes before a well worked set piece saw Ashley Barnes sidefoot the ball home from close range after being left all alone on the back post.
The second half was much more tame, though. Chelsea pressed while Burnley played a low block.
Unfortunately, Callum Hudson-Odoi had to be helped off the pitch after picking up what looked like a muscle injury in the first half. He tried to play on for a minute or two, but was unable to carry on.
Tensions flared around the final whistle. Maurizio Sarri was sent to the locker room after an altercation with referee Kevin Friend. Sarri had strayed several meters from his technical area during a shoving match near Chelsea’s box. Whatever tensions that existed continued after the final whistle when players and staff from both teams had to be separated just outside the tunnel.
David is the founder of DC Soccer Digest. He lives in Washington, DC.