BURNLEY FRUSTRATE BLUES… Denies Chelsea chance to go third on log
Sarri’s side missed the chance to go third on the table
Chelsea failed to take advantage of a rare opportunity offered them by fellow top four contenders after they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Burnley on Monday.
Sarri’s side missed the chance to go third on the table following that disappointing draw at home on a night of pulsating action that did see Blues boss Sarri sent to the stands in the final moments of the game.
The Blues got off to the worst possible start as they fell behind to a Jeff Hendrick stinger on eight minutes despite dominating the opening exchanges. N’golo Kante equalized for Chelsea who then went in front six minutes later through Gonzalo Higuain’s powerful near post shot, alas, the visitors drew level through Ashley Barnes in what was an enthralling opening 24 minutes.
Despite failing to win and starting the day in fifth, Chelsea moved up to fourth, level on points with Tottenham and one point ahead of Arsenal in fifth, having played a game more. Burnley, meanwhile, largely ensured their safety from relegation as they are now nine points ahead of Cardiff City in 18th place.
A truly frustrating evening for Chelsea saw injuries to the duo of Callum Hudson-Odoi and N’golo Kante, with Sarri’s men also failing to break their opponents down in the second half despite completely dominating the game. Additionally, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was sent to the stands in the final moments before frustrations boiled over at the final whistle with a tunnel scuffle involving members of both sides.
Chelsea next take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday as they hope to secure their champions league spot, Solskjaer’s side on the other hand tackle title chasing city rivals Manchester City on Wednesday in the Manchester derby before hosting Chelsea at the weekend.