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Chelsea 2 – 0 Burnley

Thomas Tuchel registered his first win in charge of Chelsea as goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and the recalled Marcos Alonso helped his side see off Burnley 2-0.

Chelsea captain Azpilicueta, playing under his eighth Blues manager, finished off a fine flowing move five minutes before half-time to open the scoring at Stamford Bridge.

Alonso, making his first start since September after being frozen out under the previous boss Frank Lampard, sealed the victory late on with a fine strike (84).

Marcos Alonso marked his return to the Chelsea starting XI with a goal against Burnley
Marcos Alonso marked his return to the Chelsea starting XI with a goal against Burnley

As a result, Chelsea have moved up to seventh in the Premier League, while Burnley slip to 16th in the table below Newcastle on goals scored.

How Chelsea got back to winning ways at the Bridge

Tuchel’s Chelsea reign began with a tepid goalless draw at home to Wolves in midweek when all eyes were on the new man’s first-ever line-up, and the German again caused a few raised eyebrows when the team sheet dropped in west London.

Most surprising was the inclusion of Spain left-back Alonso, picked to start ahead of England international Ben Chilwell, while there were also places in his starting XI for Mason Mount, Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham.

Mason Mount was back in Chelsea's starting XI against Burnley
Mason Mount was back in Chelsea’s starting XI against Burnley

Werner’s struggles in front of goal continued, though, with the striker misfiring horribly when set up by the impressive Callum Hudson-Odoi just before the half-hour mark, although that frustration was soon forgotten as Chelsea took the lead.

Jorgino began the eye-catching move deep inside his own half, before Mount took over and after driving forward, he in turn picked out Hudson-Odoi on the right side of the area, before the forward slipped in Azpilicueta.

The right-back still had a lot of work to do, though, to beat Nick Pope from an acute angle, but his powerful shot flew past the England goalkeeper, albeit with the help of a slight deflection off Erik Pieters.

That strike appeared to settle the hosts down and it was one-way traffic in the second half – the visitors failed to register a shot on target in the entire 90 game – as Tuchel’s team looked for the all-important second goal to end the game, which came eventually and in some style.

Team news

New boss Thomas Tuchel brought in both Mason Mount and Timo Werner in two of four changes from the goalless draw with Wolves in midweek.
The other two alterations saw Marcos Alonso and Tammy Abraham start, with Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Olivier Giroud all missing out.However, Ziyech was not in the matchday squad.

Sean Dyche paired Matej Vydra with Chris Wood up front for the Clarets, with Jack Cork starting in midfield.

Christian Pulisic, brought on at half-time by the man he worked under at Borussia Dortmund, broke clear down the left and crossed for Alonso, who juggled the ball, before finding the net from a tight angle with a spectacular volley.

And it was all smiles at the full-time whistle as Chelsea ended a run of three home matches without a win to get the Tuchel regime up and running.

What’s next?

Chelsea take on London rivals Tottenham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday (8pm).

Burnley, meanwhile, host league leaders Manchester City on Wednesday (6pm).


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