Chelsea held by stubborn Burnley

Chelsea missed the chance to move 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League as Robbie Brady’s stunning free-kick earned a 1-1 draw for Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.

By Carlo Chikomba

With Tottenham having succumbed to a 2-0 loss at Liverpool on Saturday, this was a chance for runaway leaders Chelsea to extend their advantage.

And the Blues were more likely looking to seize the opportunity as they took just seven minutes to take the lead.

Some slick counter-attacking play from the visitors resulted in Pedro being put through on goal and the former Barcelona man made no mistake to add a cool finish that put Conte’s men ahead.

However, the hosts refused to roll over and play dead as they put in a spirited display that produced an equaliser through Brady’s beautifully struck free-kick in the 24th minute.

Chelsea probed the Burnley box looking to get ahead but the Clarets remained resolute in defence, effectively neutralising the visitors attack.

As the game wore on, surprisingly, it was Burnley that had the better chances to win the game, with Matt Lowton and Andre Gray missing fine opportunities.

The log leaders looked a bit out of sorts in the beginning of the second half, with some unusually sloppy defending resulting in a gilt-edge Burnley chance but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois produced a fine save to keep them in the game.

As time began to run out, the Chelsea boss brought on Willian and Cesc Fabregas as they searched for a late winner but Sean Dyche’s men held on to claim a well-earned draw against the table toppers.

However, despite the draw, Chelsea still enjoy a 10 point lead at the summit, while Burnley are rewarded for their valiant effort by moving up a place to 12th.

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