Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

By Paul Lagan
Last updated : 27 August 2016

Top of the league has a nice feel about it and following the 3-0 drubbing of Burnley at Stamford Bridge, that's exactly where Chelsea went.

Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea to their third win on the spin and remain undefeated in the Premier League this  that puts them top of the division.
The Belgium playmaker struck first on nine minutes and the Blues had to wait until four minutes until the break before netting number two from the boot of Willian.
Total dominance of the match should have seen a goal glut, but the 41,607 crowd got their money's worth when substitute Victor Moses rounded off a stunning display that has almost wiped from the memory banks the shambles of last season.

Chelsea's attempt to raise the tempo and push the visitors back failed to materialise in the opening phase of the game as Burnley kept it deep.
So the only way available, and one taken with gusto by Eden Hazard, was to attack the defence with a mazy solo run. And that's exactly what the Belgium midfielder did on nine minutes.
Picking the ball up in midfield, slightly to the left. Hazard was simply unstoppable - and after he let fly with a low, right-footed curler, the only destination was the back o the net and so it proved as the ball arrowed past the prone and desperate dive of goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
It should have been two five minutes later as the Blues pulverised the Burnley defence. Hazard then saw a cushioned slice hacked off the goal line by Scott Arfield.
John Terry got in on the act on 28 minutes but his looping, unchallenged header from a Willian corner could not, on this occasion, get past Heaton.
Heaton was alert to thwart Diego Coats on 37 minutes after excellent set-up play by Oscar.
But the inevitable happened four minutes from the break when live wire Willian, on the right drove a fierce shot right across goal, and into the far corner of Heaton's goal to double the lead.
There were no changes at half-time and the action remained firmly in Burnley's half as the Blues went in search for the decisive third goal.
Costa really should have got it on 52 minutes when Hazard and Nemanja Matic set up the striker, but he could not get away a powerful enough shot from eight yards out, and the ball fell gleefully into the palms of Heaton.
A stunning volley from Hazard on 55 minutes was brilliantly save by Heaton, but the ball fell to Terry who somehow managed to lift the ball over the crossbar from close range.
Another last-ditch effort by Burnley rearguard on 62 minutes foiled the Blues as a smart breakaway saw Hazard's left foot drive hacked off the line again, this time by Ben Mee.
Conte's first change, on 76 minutes, saw Willian come off for Victor Moses.
A double change on 80 minutes saw Michy Batshuayi come on for Costa and Pedro for Hazard.
With seconds left on the clock, a byline cross by Pedro was met by a sliding Moses, at the far post and he caressed the ball into the net.
Heaton stopped a certain fourth goal deep into added time, plunging to his right to thwart a Cesar Azpilicueta shot.
Top of the league and into a international break before a visit to Swansea in two weeks' time.


Teams: Chelsea, Courtois, Ivanovic, Kante, Oscar, hazard, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta
Subs, Begovic, Fabregas, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Batshuayi, Alna

Burnley, Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Gray, Mamey, Vokes, devour, Boyd, Ward, Arfield
Subs, Robinson, Kightly, Jutkiewicz, Gudmundsson, Tarkowski, Darikwa, O'Neil
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Referee: Mark Clattenberg

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