Chelsea too good for Burnley as Hakim Ziyech plays dominant win


Hakim Ziyech scored one and put on another in his Premier League debut as Chelsea blasted Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor.

The Moroccan winger scored in his first midweek departure for the club, a 4-0 loss to FC Krasnodar, and again impressed by retaining his starting spot against the Clarets.

Ziyech opened the scoring with a lively first-half practice as Frank Lampard’s men swarmed the hosts and assisted Timo Werner as Chelsea completed the scoring later.

Between the two, Kurt Zouma sucked the life out of a potential fight when he propelled a Mason Mount corner.

While a third win of the season propelled Chelsea into the top four, at least temporarily, Burnley remains anchored at the wrong end of the table with just one point in six games.

Chelsea were forced to hastily change staff just before kick-off, with Christian Pulisic arriving for the warm-up. Werner was duly promoted from the bench position, with a second goalkeeper youngster Karlo Ziger added to the substitutes.

Pulisic had scored a hat-trick on his previous visit here almost exactly a year ago, but the visitors had no shortage of attacking talent at their disposal, with Tammy Abraham returning to lead the line with Werner and Ziyech on either side while Kai Havertz and Mount pushed from midfield.

That left N’Golo Kante with a brief, slightly lonely throw past the defense and Burnley only took five minutes to find a way, Matt Lowton’s precise ball over the top putting Ashley Barnes head-to-head with Edouard Mendy.

The goalie rushed in and Barnes grabbed what was a wonderful chance, lifting his shot over the crossbar before being regrouped for his problem.

After digesting their warning, Chelsea took full control for the rest of the game. Full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell made full use of the space, delivering a series of dangerous bullets into the box.

The pair could have combined for the opening goal, but when Chilwell rose to the back post to meet James’s suspended cross, Josh Brownhill nudged him in the back that went unpunished.

With Kante denying Burnley the chance to release the pressure on the pitch, it looked certain the visitors would break the deadlock sooner rather than later. The moment came when Ziyech bonded with James’ assault on the right, returning to the box and awaiting a clever kickoff from Abraham, who hit the ball on his instep.

Ziyech struck for the first time and saw his low shot on the wrong foot Nick Pope crossing the line.

Chelsea worked the chase for a second and would have had it just before the break if Kevin Long hadn’t slipped past Werner at the far post.

Jay Rodriguez replaced Dale Stephens at halftime as Burnley looked for a difference factor and they were instantly a more lively presence, with Barnes and James Tarkowski both pulling wide as they found a way to test their opponents.

But their newfound energy was sapped in the 63rd minute, when Mount’s right corner was met with emphasis by Zouma’s header as three Claret shirts failed to cope with danger. Being beaten so well from a set piece surely hurt manager Sean Dyche.

Things got even worse with 20 minutes remaining, a misguided escape from the defense that landed directly at the feet of James, which quickly fed Ziyech.

This time he was content with an assist, playing Werner on the overlap, the German striker deftly stroking the Pope and into the corner.

Substitute Olivier Giroud had a late effort knocked out for offside, but the result has already told a fair story of a one-sided game.


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