Chelsea were able to put their unconvincing home form behind them on Saturday, with a comfortable 3-0 win against the Clarets at Stamford Bridge.
After Jorginho scored from the penalty spot in the opening 30 minutes of the game, the Blues’ young prospects Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi were able to put the game to bed, resulting in a big three points after a shaky spell in the league.
First League Goal for Hudson-Odoi
The 19-year-old has had quite the week. Following his great performance in the game against Nottingham Forest last weekend, the winger managed to find the back of the net once again – this time, securing his first goal in the Premier League. Since making his way into the first team, the youngster has highlighted his scoring abilities in both the Carabao and FA Cup – but scoring against Burnley at the weekend marked another milestone for the Englishman. With competition to earn a place in the starting XI fierce and rumours circulating about the supporters’ lack of faith in the young star, his recent performance will give him bundles of confidence – and this is hopefully the start of Hudson-Odoi getting back to his old self.
Another Superb Performance by James
In the FA Cup game against Forest, we witnessed a promising partnership developing between Reece James and Hudson-Odoi. Lampard was clearly impressed by what he saw and opted for the same against Burnley, moving Hudson-Odoi to the right wing while starting James at the back. Throughout the 90 minutes, James showed confidence and composure, with the young defender doing enough to confirm his worth for future selections. Once again, the 20-year-old displayed his talents offensively, making some superb crosses into the box, as well as managing a pretty decent shot himself. The full back also assisted Abraham’s goal in the first half, with the young player becoming a crucial part of this current Chelsea squad.
The Blues Showed More Confidence at the Back
Securing a clean sheet isn’t exactly a common occurrence at Chelsea – so when the Blues came away from their game against Burnley with a 3-0 win, heads rightfully turned to their performance at the back. Of course, the Blues weren’t against a very promising Burnley side with the Clarets only managing one shot on target during the entirety of the match. However, there was clearly a greater sense of belief and confidence in the defence on Saturday. Lampard opted for Andreas Christensen over Kurt Zouma, giving the 23-year-old his first league start since Chelsea’s 3-1 loss against Everton. But the partnership between Christensen and Antonio Rudiger worked well, with both centre backs looking comfortable on the ball and putting in some strong tackles. In Chelsea’s last game against Burnley, Sean Dyche and his men managed to secure two late goals during our 4-2 victory – therefore, managing a 3-0 win this time round was an encouraging aspect of the match.
The End of the Home Curse?
The victory at Stamford Bridge came as somewhat as a surprise for the Chelsea supporters, with their recent home form looking inconsistent. Prior to the weekend fixture, the Blues have only managed two wins out of their last five home games in the Premier League, with Lampard appearing more confident whilst on the road. However, a 3-0 win against Burnley has given the Chelsea fans hope that this could be the end to their current home curse, with the Blues in need of some consistent victories if they have any chance of securing that fourth place spot.
Lampard’s Unusual Starting XI Paid Off
With the likes of N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic out of the match due to injury, Lampard was forced to shake up the tactics. In the end, he went for a midfield trio consisting of Jorginho, Mason Mount and Ross Barkely. Barkely hasn’t had much time to prove himself in recent times – securing his first start in the FA Cup game last week since October. However, the midfielder had a brilliant game on Saturday, making a crucial clearance and keeping possession well. Starting Christensen was also a surprising move by the boss, but his chosen starting XI clearly paid off.