Football: Chelsea Stumble at Burnley

London, Chelsea couldn’t capitalize on Tottenham’s loss yesterday and drew today 1-1 away to Burnley. The leaders were kick to take the lead, with Pedro finishing off a vicious counter attack to give Chelsea the lead after seven minutes. The game was n…

London, Chelsea couldn’t capitalize on Tottenham’s loss yesterday and drew today 1-1 away to Burnley.

The leaders were kick to take the lead, with Pedro finishing off a vicious counter attack to give Chelsea the lead after seven minutes. The game was not going to be a stroll in the park however; Burnley had won virtually all their points this season at home. They turned Turf Moor into a fortress. New signing Robbie Brady showed why; a sublime free-kick found the only part of Chelsea’s net that Thibault Courtouis couldn’t cover and Burnley equalized to the delight of the fans.

Chelsea controlled possession after Brady’s wonder goal but there was no breaking down Burnley’s defense. In fact, the hosts missed two glorious chances first from Matt Lowton then Andre Gray. Making things worse, Pedro’s goal was actually Chelsea’s final shot on target in the game.

Reflecting on the result, Antonio Conte admitted he was frustrated at the team’s failure to get all three points. “We must be disappointed for this point because I think they stopped our game. We could have won, it’s a pity because we started really well and created chances to score goals and then Burnley found the draw with the free-kick,” the manager told Sky Sports.

The Blues remain top with 60 points. They are 10 points ahead of second-placed Arsenal. Manchester City now have a chance to jump to second, eight points off Chelsea, if they beat Bournemouth on Monday. Burnley meanwhile are twelfth; level on points with Southampton, Burnley, and Watford.

Source: Qatar News Agency