Chelsea 2-2 Burnley: Blues slip up in race for a top-four finish

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This was the night when the tension boiled over and Maurizio Sarri finally snapped.

The Chelsea manager had cut an anxious and agitated figure throughout, twitching and pacing around and drawing on his fake cigarette while becoming sucked into a running dispute with Burnley’s coaching staff.


He accused the visitors of wasting time as his team struggled to find a winner, applauded sarcastically, jabbed fingers and fired accusations before it erupted in the closing minutes when Mateo Kovacic was booked. 

A heated encounter between Chelsea and Burnley ended as a 2-2 draw on Monday night in front of a booing home crowd

Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick (right) opened the scoring in London with a volley from just outside Chelsea’s 18-yard box

French star N'Golo Kante (centre) drew Chelsea level with his fifth goal of the season in all competitions on eight minutes

French star N’Golo Kante (centre) drew Chelsea level with his fifth goal of the season in all competitions on eight minutes

Chelsea loanee Gonzalo Higuain put his side 2-1 up before celebrating by placing his hands together while smiling widely

Chelsea loanee Gonzalo Higuain put his side 2-1 up before celebrating by placing his hands together while smiling widely

But the goal-fest continued when Burnley made it 2-2 on 24 minutes thanks to 29-year-old frontman Ashley Barnes (right)

But the goal-fest continued when Burnley made it 2-2 on 24 minutes thanks to 29-year-old frontman Ashley Barnes (right) 

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND LEAGUE TABLE

Chelsea (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga 6; Azpilicueta 5.5, Christensen 6, Luiz 6, Emerson 6; Kante 7 (Kovacic 46), Jorginho 6.5, Loftus-Cheek 7.5; Hudson-Odoi 6.5 (Pedro 41), Higuain 7 (Giroud 77), Hazard 8

Goals: Kante, Higuain

Bookings: Pedro, Kovacic

Subs not used: Caballero, Barkley, Zappacosta, Cahill

Manager: Maurizio Sarri 6.5

Burnley (4-4-2): Heaton 6; Lowton 5, Tarkowski 6, Mee 6.5, Taylor 6; Hendrick 6.5, Westwood 6, Cork 6, McNeil 6; Barnes 7, Wood 6

Goals: Hendrick, Barnes

Bookings: Heaton

Subs not used: Hart, Gudmundsson, Brady, Ward, Vydra, Long, Gibson

Manager: Sean Dyche 6.5

Referee: Kevin Friend

Attendance: 40,642

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Chelsea No 9 Gonzalo Higuain finished off a complex move which began in defence

Chelsea No 9 Gonzalo Higuain finished off a complex move which began in defence

Chelsea were undone from a free-kick won by No 10 Ashley Barnes who then scored

Chelsea were undone from a free-kick won by No 10 Ashley Barnes who then scored

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Sarri strode out of this technical area and down the touchline to chip away at referee Kevin Friend who reacted by ordering the Italian down the tunnel.

As he left the scene, Chelsea’s first dismissal of the season, mayhem descended and there were more scuffles when the final whistle sounded moments later.

Chelsea’s goalkeeping coach Massimo Nenci and fitness coach Paolo Bertelli became involved and clearly infuriated Burnley’s goalie coach Billy Mercer.

Antonio Rudiger — injured, unable to play and watching from seats behind the coaches’ bench — was also dragged into the skirmish with plenty to say.

‘Handbags, manbags, bumbags,’ said Sean Dyche. ‘Some kind of bags in the tunnel. I didn’t see much of it.’

The Football Association’s disciplinary chiefs will be keen to read Friend’s version of events and study the video evidence.

Sarri will be fined and could face a ban if his offence is aggravated in any way.

Amid the chaos, Burnley celebrated, having dug in and fought hard for the draw which took them to 40 points and all but ensures they will playing Premier League football for a third successive season. 

Chelsea grumbled about ‘anti-football’ as they squandered the opportunity to put pressure on their top-four rivals after a weekend when Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United had all lost.

A point is added to the total and they remain in the hunt for the Champions League but this setback was deepened by concerns over an injury to Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was forced off in the first half with an achilles injury.

‘It is a serious thing,’ said Sarri’s assistant Gianfranco Zola, who took on post-match media responsibilities because, he explained, Sarri was ‘frustrated’ by the game and his sending off. 

Ireland international Hendrick slid on his knees to celebrate scoring his third Premier League goal of the season for Burnley

Ireland international Hendrick slid on his knees to celebrate scoring his third Premier League goal of the season for Burnley

Burnley players mobbed Hendrick as the visitors celebrated their opener in front of disappointed Chelsea supporters

Burnley players mobbed Hendrick as the visitors celebrated their opener in front of disappointed Chelsea supporters

But the mood at Stamford Bridge was soon lifted as No 7 Kante fired home with his left foot to make it 1-1 on 12 minutes

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was at full stretch but was unable to keep out Kante's strike as Chelsea drew level in London

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was at full stretch but was unable to keep out Kante’s strike as Chelsea drew level in London

Zola was less worried about N’Golo Kante, who was forced off at half-time.

It was a breathless couple of hours at Stamford Bridge, triggered by Jeff Hendrick’s brilliant strike which gave Burnley the lead in the eighth minute.

Dwight McNeil’s corner was deep to the back post but Cesar Azpilicueta’s header did not clear the danger.

When it dropped on the edge of the penalty area it was met by Hendrick who unleashed a volley which dipped and faded as it flashed past Kepa Arrizabalaga. 

Kante was congratulated by Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard, who claimed the assist for the France international's equaliser

Kante was congratulated by Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard, who claimed the assist for the France international’s equaliser

Chelsea went ahead for the first time when Higuain unleashed a fierce right-footed strike which flashed past keeper Heaton

Burnley captain Heaton was unable to stop the blasted effort which hit the underside of the bar before nestling in the net

Burnley captain Heaton was unable to stop the blasted effort which hit the underside of the bar before nestling in the net 

Striker Higuain looked delighted as he celebrated his fourth goal since joining Chelsea on loan from Serie A in January

Striker Higuain looked delighted as he celebrated his fourth goal since joining Chelsea on loan from Serie A in January

Burnley’s set-pieces and aerial strength would cause further problems as Chelsea missed Rudiger’s presence but Sarri’s team were soon level.

A change of pace through midfield by Ruben Loftus-Cheek and a jinking run by Eden Hazard created the equaliser.

Hazard twisted right back Matt Lowton inside and out before rolling a low cross into the path of Kante, who smashed it past Tom Heaton with his left foot.

Two minutes later, they were ahead through another terrific strike, this time from Gonzalo Higuain, who accepted the ball from Jorginho, turned neatly inside the penalty area, exchanged passes with Cesar Azpilicueta and drove a shot in off the bar.

It was only his fourth Premier League goal since arriving on loan from Juventus in January.

He was supposed to make Sarri’s side click and was criticised when his impact was not instant but Higuain bustled with promise from the outset.

Ben Mee produced an acrobatic clearance to deny him a goal when the game was still goalless. 

No 10 Barnes drew Burnley level at 2-2 as he slid in to slot the ball beyond the reach of Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

Barnes celebrated scoring his side's second goal of the Premier League clash with his team-mates on Monday night

Barnes celebrated scoring his side’s second goal of the Premier League clash with his team-mates on Monday night

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa looked dejected as Burnley's players celebrated in the background behind him at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa looked dejected as Burnley’s players celebrated in the background behind him at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea were dealt a blow when youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi picked up an injury which forced him off before half-time

Chelsea were dealt a blow when youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi picked up an injury which forced him off before half-time 

Hudson-Odoi limped off before half-time, by which time Burnley were level again, from another set-piece.

This time it was a free-kick, angled deep into the Chelsea penalty box from wide on the right by Ashley Westwood.

Mee won the ball in the air, heading it back across goal where it was glanced on by Chris Wood and finished on the volley from close range by Ashley Barnes, completely unmarked.

It was a seventh goal in 12 Premier League appearances for Barnes. Indeed his barnstorming form means he has one more Premier League goal than John Barnes (28), Harvey Barnes (one) and Giles Barnes (one) combined.

Chelsea rolled forward again. By half time, they had registered 13 attempts but tempers were fraying.

With only 31 minutes gone, Burnley keeper Heaton was booked for time-wasting as he took his time over a goal kick, the earliest caution for time-wasting this season. 

Hudson-Odoi was consoled by team-mates Azpilicueta and Hazard before leaving the field in a 41st-minute substitution

Hudson-Odoi was consoled by team-mates Azpilicueta and Hazard before leaving the field in a 41st-minute substitution

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri (centre) was often animated on the touchline during what was a frustrating night for him

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri (centre) was often animated on the touchline during what was a frustrating night for him

And 60-year-old Italian Sarri was sent off in stoppage time, meaning he had to leave his dugout before the final whistle

And 60-year-old Italian Sarri was sent off in stoppage time, meaning he had to leave his dugout before the final whistle

More words were exchanged on the touchline after referee Friend waved play on when Sarri wanted a free-kick for a challenge by Charlie Taylor on Pedro.

At one point, Sarri was standing in the Burnley technical area obstructing the view of Dyche’s assistant Ian Woan.

Fourth official Roger East was getting it in the ear from the Italian.

The breathless tempo of the game did not change in the second half even if the goals dried up.

Heaton saved from Higuain at one end while, at the other, Wood missed the chance to punish Jorginho for a misplaced pass in midfield.

Emerson whistled another shot wide of the Burnley goal and Azpilicueta was denied by Heaton.

Burnley left with the point they came for and Chelsea were not happy about it.



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