The Blues managed a convincing 3-0 win against a struggling Burnley side this weekend, with Hakim Ziyech, Kurt Zouma and Timo Werner getting on the scoresheet. Although Frank Lampard’s men excelled in attack, that wasn’t the only positive on Saturday afternoon.
Hakim Ziyech’s First Premier League Goal
After his superb display against Krasnodar in the Champions League, Ziyech got his Premier League debut against Burnley this weekend. The Moroccan opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a superb long range shot, finding Tammy Abraham on the edge of the box. He also assisted Timo Werner’s goal in the latter stages of the game, confirming the three points for the visitors. Now the 27-year-old is fit and ready to start, he should be Lampard’s first choice on the right wing going forward.
Change of Formation Works Wonders
When the starting XI was announced for Saturday’s game, supporters were perhaps pleasantly surprised at the selection. Despite Lampard opting for a double pivot in midfield for the majority of this season, the boss went for three in midfield with N’Golo Kante as the sole holding midfielder. Mason Mount and Kai Havertz played either side of the Frenchman, slightly ahead of the 29-year-old – with both players looking superb in their new roles. Chelsea’s midfield has struggled with fluidity in recent weeks and after this dominating performance at Turf Moor, perhaps this is the right option as we head into our next games.
A Superb Performance by Mason Mount
Speaking of the midfield, one player in particular that stood out was Mount. The youngster started in his preferred role, rather than playing on the wings – and he showed supporters what they’ve been missing. The 21-year-old was getting into good spaces, made some great passes and was able to get the rest of his team involved. Not only was he great in attack, but he was also able to get back for his side. His best involvement of the game was when he assisted Kurt Zouma’s goal, delivering in a great corner for the defender.
Another Clean Sheet
This is now the fourth consecutive clean sheet for the Blues – something we haven’t heard in a very long time. It appears our problems between the goal posts have finally been solved, with the introduction of Edouard Mendy in goal. However, the Senegal international was barely tested as Burnley failed to register a shot on target. Yet we may also credit our defenders, with Thiago Silva looking particularly good going head to head against Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes.
The Unfinished Article
It looks like this new Chelsea squad is finally starting to gel together as Lampard experiments with his preferred starting XI and different formations. Although the new signings are now looking sharp, especially in our most recent game against the Clarets, there is still a long way to go. This is by no means the finished article – and hopefully this Chelsea team will continue to get better and better.
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