Three different Chelsea players scored in a comfortable 3-0 defeat of Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
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The Blues stay fourth in moving onto 39 points, while Burnley’s 24 are just four clear of the Bottom Three.
Three things we learned
1. Abraham’s baker dozen just the tip of the iceberg: Tammy Abraham has a nose for goal, and the 22-year-old now has 13 league goals this season despite not regularly impressing in other areas of the field. He may still dip in and out of play, sometimes for entire halves, but watch out if Frank Lampard is able to harness his knack for goal into a complete product.
2. Burnley tempting fate: We’re not here to doubt Sean Dyche, but the statistics are quite ready to ask whether the Clarets can defy logic again to remain in the Premier League. Over-simplified: Burnley readily concedes possession and doesn’t pass the ball well, depending on hustle and pressure to produce chances (as well as long balls lumped to the forwards). Its 68 percent passing will finish last in the top flight, and we’re able to project that in January. Still Dyche will probably just beat up everyone and finish 15th. His teams get it done.
3. James staking his claim: Chelsea’s 20-year-old right back Reece James was very good again on Saturday, providing an assist and forcing Nick Pope into a big save in the first half. Already an excellent passer with a willingness to tackle, the future is very much his for the taking.
Man of the Match: Willian had his nose in everything his side of the pitch, and just gets the nod over James.
Chelsea then found its way to the spot when Matthew Lowton‘s short slide caught Willian inside the box.
Jorginho calmly wrong-footed Nick Pope for 1-0 in the 28th.
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The Blues made it 2-0 when Reece James crossed for Abraham to nod past a baffled Pope.
The Burnley keeper would make a point-blank save on James in the 41st for a measure of redemption.
Hudson-Odoi broke his Premier League duck in the 49th minute, the first to Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross as Burnley’s defenders were nowhere.Follow @NicholasMendola