Burnley 1 Chelsea 2
By Burnley FC
April 19 2018
All good things must come to an end and after five successive Premier League wins the Clarets found the visit of the out-going champions one step too far as Chelsea put the brakes on Burnley’s race for Europe.
Antonio Conte’s side have surrendered their title to Manchester City but still looked the real deal as they held off a Burnley fightback to record only their eighth win of 2018 thanks to Victor Moses’ winner with just over 20 minutes to go.
Moses also had a hand in the opening goal – an own-goal from Clarets defender Kevin Long – and after Burnley had managed to get themselves level he decided the outcome with a quick-fire counter to kill the Clarets off.
It meant just a second defeat in 10 games for Sean Dyche’s side but with Leicester managing nothing better than a 0-0 draw against Southampton, Burnley’s advantage over the eighth-placed Foxes was trimmed only to eight points with four games to go.
Chelsea made six changes to their starting line-up as Conte juggled his considerable resources ahead of the Londoners’ FA Cup semi-final against Southampton on Sunday.
Victory over the Saints would open up a seventh-place finish in the league for a guaranteed Europa League slot.
But while that may aid the Clarets’ cause, there was no helping hand on view as Chelsea went for the win that would keep alive their faint hopes of catching Tottenham in the race for a Champions League slot.
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