What a result on Wednesday!
Chelsea head into Saturday’s game against Burnley at 17:30 in pursuit of their seventh straight win. Turf Moor has been kind to Chelsea in recent years, in fact we remain unbeaten there in the Premier League. It all bodes very well!
This column takes a trip down memory lane to explore our top four Chelsea moments at Turf Moor.
Burnley 1-1 Chelsea, February 2017
Chelsea headed to Turf Moor to face Burnley a lofty nine points clear at the summit of the Premier League Table. They faced a Clarets side on good form themselves – winning their last four home matches without conceding a single goal.
That wasn’t to last long though. Seven minutes in, and one driving run from our wing-back-supremo Victor Moses turns into a beautiful layoff to Pedro Rodriguez who finishes beautifully to Tom Heaton’s right-hand side.
Sadly, we couldn’t hold on as Robbie Brady netted a neat free-kick from 25 yards to level the scoring after almost half an hour.
However, Chelsea took an invaluable point from a ground that had become a fortress for Burnley that season; and took their lead at the top into double figures!
Burnley 1-2 Chelsea, January 2010
Another trip to East Lancashire, another growing lead at the top.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea played Burnley with the slenderest of advantages over Manchester United. Only one point separated the Blues and the Red Devils.
The game was a must-win, and win we did.
The game appeared to be heading into deadlock, after Nicolas Anelka’s first half opener was cancelled out by Stephen Fletcher shortly after half time.
Behold our Captain Fantastic!
When Frank Lampard took a corner and JT was in the box, there would only ever be one result. A thumping header into the corner of the goal sealed the three points with eight minutes to go that gave Chelsea a four-point cushion.
Burnley 0-4 Chelsea, September 2018
Chelsea came into this one unbeaten in our first nine league games under Maurizio Sarri; eager and ready for the tenth.
The Blues dominated from the first minute to the last, with four different Chelsea players putting goals past Joe Hart in the Burnley net.
Alvaro Morata opened the scoring, with an uncharacteristically nerveless finish.
Ross Barkley came next, slotting home a Lampard-esque finish from outside the area to double our lead on the hour mark.
Five minutes later, and it was Willian sweeping the ball past Hart’s right-hand corner.
In injury time, our very own Ruben Loftus-Cheek scrambled home only his second league goal for the Blues to put gloss on a fine performance.
Burnley 1-3 Chelsea, August 2014
Talk about saving the best until last?
This was the first step on the road to Premier League glory in 2014/15; and perhaps one of the most fear-striking opening day performances in history.
Jose Mourinho was not accustomed to missing out on Premier League titles, as he had done the season before. He wouldn’t for long.
The most exciting transfer window of recent times brought Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa to Stamford Bridge, combining with Eden Hazard and Willian to create a razor-sharp attack.
Our first outing was at Turf Moor, and it did not start off to plan.
Scott Arfield bundled home for the hosts after fourteen minutes to give them a surprise lead.
It sure did get one magnificent response from Jose’s Blues
Diego Costa scored his maiden goal for Chelsea just two minutes later, cooly finishing a rebound off the post.
Four minutes later, and one of the best team goals in recent memory.
Andre Schurrle finished a delicious pass from Fabregas ending a majestic 25-pass move with a goal to give us a deserved lead.
*Do check out this goal on YouTube, you won’t regret it!*
After that, it was never in doubt.
Branislav Ivanovic finished to give us a two-goal cushion shortly after the half-hour mark, and the first challenge of the season was passed with flying colours.
A sign of what was to come.