EPL: Havertz scores twice as Chelsea punish wasteful Burnley | football news

BURNLEY: Chelsea may be for sale, but Thomas Tuchel showed no signs of being distracted when Kai Havertz scored twice in a comfortable 4-0 win over Premier League side Burnley on Saturday.
Relegation-threatened Burnley squandered a number of chances in the first half but then collapsed with a chaotic defense after Reece James opened the scoring in the 47th minute.
HOW IT HAPPENED: BURNLEY vs. CHELSEA
Chelsea scored three times in the span of eight minutes, causing the normally resilient Burnley fans to head for the exits long before the end.
There were reminders of Chelsea’s new status as owner Roman Abramovich’s name was chanted throughout the game, although chants in support of the Russian during a minute-long applause in solidarity with Ukraine provoked an angry reaction from Burnley supporters.
Chelsea got off to a flat start to the game and had Brazil’s Thiago Silva to thank for clearing Wout Weghorst’s first shot from the line.
Nathan Collins then headed in a free kick as the home crowd began to feel that an 18-side upset might be on the cards.

But that sense of anticipation soon turned to frustration when Dwight McNeil missed a glorious opportunity after Edouard Mendy failed to land on a clear shot.
McNeil’s decision to go for a chip instead of a more direct finish was followed by some hesitation inside the box after he burst down the left.
Tuchel had a lot to figure out at the break and, judging by the uptick in his team’s performance, he did.
James, starting his first game since December, opened the scoring two minutes after the interval, drilling a shot into the far corner after turning Dwight McNeil over.
Havertz then turned away from his marker Connor Roberts to head in a well-floated cross from Christian Pulisic to make it 2-0 for the visitors.
The German then had another simple finish, converting a James cross from close range, and Pulisic had the easier task of scoring after Burnley defender James Tarkowski deflected a Saul Niguez cross into his path.
Chelsea is third with 53 points, 13 points behind leader Manchester City, while Burnley remains in 18th place with 21 points.
“The first goal helped us. In these games that are so tight, that obviously gives you a lot of confidence,” Tuchel said.
“It’s a good performance overall because it’s not easy to come to Turf Moor. It was a good performance from the team, very focused. It enhances my impression that we are constantly improving. We deserved to win and it was very good.” second half”.

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