Burnley snatched a point at Chelsea as Matej Vydra came off the bench to score an improbable equaliser. Chelsea had squandered the chance to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
In the 33rd minute, Kai Havertz, who has been leading Thomas Tuchel’s line in the absence of Romelu Lukaku and Tino Werner, was picked out between Burnley‘s centrebacks by Reece James’ superb cross and made no mistake with his headed finish, as Chelsea seized a merited lead.
It was exactly what the dominant Blues deserved, and they would have been out of sight even before halftime if it hadn’t been for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.
When Thiago Silva’s head met another magnificent cross from James after the interval, the post came to Burnley’s rescue, and only moments later Havertz missed the target following a sweeping team play.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was denied by a miraculous stop from Pope, who miraculously kept his goal-bound shot out with his foot when Chelsea finally hit the target in the second half.
Ross Barkley, making his first Chelsea start since July 2020, provided a spark to the Blues attack but blazed over from the edge of the box to conclude an outstanding display.
Burnley would punish the home side’s squandering when Vydra was left unmarked to meet fellow substitute Jay Rodriguez’s cushioned header and put home into an empty net with 11 minutes remaining.
It was only their third shot; Chelsea, on the other hand, had almost 20.
Chelsea remains three points clear at the top of the table, with Manchester City in second place following their win over Manchester United, but Liverpool may cut the distance to just one point with a win at West Ham on Sunday.