Emphatic finishes from Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso gave Thomas Tuchel his first victory as Chelsea head coach against a below-par Burnley.
Captain Azpilicueta – the longest-serving player in the team – drilled Callum Hudson-Odoi’s lay-off high past Nick Pope just before half-time in the Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge.
Azpilicueta’s fellow Spanish defender Alonso added a classy second late on, skilfully controlling a Christian Pulisic cross before lashing a volley over Pope at his near post.
The impressive Hudson-Odoi was unlucky not to score in between with a shot that was deflected on to a post by Burnley defender Erik Pieters.
Chelsea comfortably registered a second successive clean sheet under Tuchel, whose first game was the midweek goalless draw with Wolves, as Burnley did not manage a shot on target.
The only downside for Tuchel was Timo Werner’s failure to score for a 12th league game as Chelsea climbed three places to seventh in the table, while Burnley remain 15th.
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- 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forJamesat 73′minutes
- 19MountSubstituted forHavertzat 80′minutes
- 9AbrahamSubstituted forPulisicat 45′minutes
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- 18WestwoodBooked at 60mins
- 27VydraSubstituted forRodriguezat 57′minutes
- 9WoodSubstituted forGudmundssonat 62′minutes
Match ends, Chelsea 2, Burnley 0.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Burnley 0.
Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (Burnley) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Thiago Silva.
Foul by Kai Havertz (Chelsea).
Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Timo Werner is caught offside.
Offside, Burnley. Jóhann Gudmundsson tries a through ball, but Joel Mumbongo is caught offside.
Goal! Chelsea 2, Burnley 0. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Pulisic.
Attempt saved. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kai Havertz.
Substitution, Chelsea. Kai Havertz replaces Mason Mount.
Offside, Chelsea. Thiago Silva tries a through ball, but Reece James is caught offside.
Substitution, Burnley. Joel Mumbongo replaces Robbie Brady.
Attempt missed. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jorginho.
Attempt saved. Reece James (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jorginho.
Substitution, Chelsea. Reece James replaces Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Foul by Mason Mount (Chelsea).
Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Attempt missed. Mason Mount (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.