A Desperately Disappointing Draw
By Gary Watton
April 22 2019
An exciting first half with goals-a-plenty was followed by a resolute second half performance from Burnley that defied Chelsea. It all ended with tetchy exchanges and recriminations between both clubs. The hosts were clearly frustrated. They were gifted a massive opportunity to go third and finish in the top four. Now that they have blown that opportunity, they simply have to win their last three league fixtures, all of which are difficult assignments at ManUre, at home to cup finalists Watford, and away to awkward Leicester City. Nothing less than nine points will be acceptable. Otherwise the club will need success in the Europa League to grant them a ticket in next season's Champions League. The trouble is that Christensen is not an adequate deputy for Rudiger. When the Dane plays, we concede far too many. Meanwhile No Goals Kovacic is not a go to person when you're in need of a goal. Poor Chelsea have once more fluffed their lines.
CHELSEA 2 Burnley 2; half time: 2-2
CHELSEA: Arrizabalaga; Emerson; Azpilicueta; Luiz; Christensen; Jorginho; Loftus-Cheek; Higuain; Hazard; Hudson-Odoi; Kante. Used substitutes: Pedro; Kovacic; Giroud
CHELSEA goal scorers: Kante; Higuain
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