Week 35--Burnley Grab a Point at Stamford Bridge: Chelsea 2-2 Burnley

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.

Liverpool Outplays Chelsea: Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea

By Juan Aguerrevere

Both Jurgen Klopp and Maurizio Sarri made some changes after midweek clashes in the Champions League and Europa League, respectively.

Klopp summoned Joel Matip and Andrew Robertson for Dejan Lovren and James Milner. Meanwhile, Sarri introduced six changes from his lineup against Slavia Praha including Emerson Palmieri who replaced Marcos Alonso, who scored the winner midweek.

In the first half, Klopp's men dominated possession and had more chances than Chelsea despite a couple of counterattacks from the Blues. Liverpool tested Chelsea's defense with several crosses. The away team's backline responded well until Antonio Rudiger suffered a knee injury forcing Sarri to use his first substitution bringing on Andreas Christensen.

The difference was almost instantaneous. Chelsea failed to adequately defend a free-kick leaving three Liverpool players against Kepa Arizabalaga who made the save even though the play was called offsides.

Liverpool claimed its first goal five minutes after the start. Mohamed Salah connected well with Jordan Henderson who then lobbed it to the back post fining Mane's head. Nearly three minutes later, Salah drilled a missile in the top corner from just over twenty yards out. The fans at Anfield were roaring.

Eden Hazard missed two back-to-back chances that he should have finished, leaving Chelsea fans hopeless. Hazard was denied by the post in his first chance and by Alisson Becker in the second.

Mane is now the league’s joint-third top scorer with seventeen goals while Salah tied with Aguero for the most with 19 goals. Alisson recorded his eighteenth, and league leading, clean sheet.

Before the match, a minute of silence was held in memory of the 96 lives lost 30 years ago in the Hillsborough Disaster.

Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.