Ranking Chelsea's 5 best players in their 1-1 draw against Burnley | Premier League 2021-22

Chelsea vs Burnley - Premier League
Chelsea vs Burnley - Premier League

Chelsea remained atop the Premier League table after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel's side dominated the game, but were unable to convert their chances as they dropped two points.

Nick Pope was under pressure from the start, as Chelsea kept attacking the Burnley goalkeeper. However, the Englishman was in top form, denying the home side several chances to take the lead.

Kai Havertz broke the deadlock with an accurate header, thanks to a beautiful cross from Reece James. The Blues dominated possession after their goal in the first half, but could not get another past Pope.

Tuchel gives his assessment on the afternoon. πŸ’¬

Burnley were nowhere near as good in attack, but pulled one back in the 79th minute via Matej Vydra. The goal was the first one from open play against Chelsea this season in the Premier League.

Thomas Tuchel will not be a happy man after dropping points. On that note, here's a look at Chelsea's five top players from the game:

#5 N'Golo Kante

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Chelsea vs Aston Villa - Carabao Cup Third Round

N'Golo Kante missed the Champions League game in midweek, but was back for Chelsea against Burnley. He never gave the visitors any time on the ball.

Chelsea dominated possession, but The Clarets looked to counter-attack. Kante was not in a mood to let anyone go past him, though, intercepting passes and tackling anyone he got close to.

Back out for the second! πŸ’™ 1-0 βšͺ️ [46’] #CheBur

Kante's stats at the end of the game read – 88% pass success, three dribbles, two aerial duels won and one key pass.

#4 Callum Hudson-Odoi

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Malmo FF vs Chelsea FC: Group H - UEFA Champions League

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been in the news for his decision to reject another call-up to the England U21 side. The Chelsea man wants to stay back during the international break and work with Tuchel to improve his chances of staying in the team's starting XI.

The Burnley match proved he is improving a lot in training, and his positioning on the pitch has been exceptional in recent games. He provided pace in Chelsea attack, and got behind the Burnley defence with ease.

He finished the game with 91% pass success, two shots on target and five key passes made. The winger should have got on the scoresheet for Chelsea, but Nick Pope had other ideas.

#3 Kai Havertz

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Newcastle United vs Chelsea - Premier League

Chelsea's Kai Havertz finally got his first Premier League goal of the season at Stamford Bridge. The German led The Blues' attack once again, with Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner still out injured.

The former Leverkusen man had a lot to work on after failing to lead the attack in the previous games. Tuchel handed him another start, and this time, Havertz got a goal, and was one of Chelsea's best players on the pitch.

πŸ‘…πŸ’™ 1-0 βšͺ️ [41’] #CheBur

Havertz had three shots on goal, with his header that led to the goal being on target. He had another shot blocked, while his pass success rate was 87% on the night.

#2 Reece James

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Chelsea vs Aston Villa - Carabao Cup Third Round

Reece James scored two goals in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Newcastle United last week. Against Burnley, though,he could not get on the scoresheet. He did have two shots on goal, but they were blocked by the Burnley defence even before they got close to Nick Pope.

The Chelsea right wing-back was on top of his game, nonetheless, and was a constant threat for the Burnley defence. He popped up in their box, and looked to get Chelsea ahead in the early stages of the game.

πŸ† @reecejames_24 x @BenChilwell πŸ†The pair have been nominated for the #PFA Fans' Player of the Month award! πŸ‘

Throughout the game, there was very little Charlie Taylor could do to stop Reece James, and Dwight McNeil could not help out his left-back.

#1 Ross Barkley

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Arsenal vs Chelsea - Pre Season Friendly

The surprise name in Chelsea's starting XI against Burnley, Ross Barkley impressed on the night. He was easily the best player on the pitch for Chelsea, keeping them ticking in attack.

Speaking about Barkley in his post-match press conference, Tuchel said:

"If you're watching the training then you see that Ross deserved to start ,and we changed a bit the shape in the front three today, and played with a number 10 position behind the number six for Burnley."
"We saw a perfect position for Ross to start today. He waited a long time, and he had a huge impact on our matches when he came on. So he had a good match, with maybe match point also on his left foot."

While Barkley's future at the club is still in the balance, the former Everton man proved he still has a lot to offer at Chelsea. Tuchel might have a plan to use the Englishman a few more times this season, especially against teams who sit back.

Edited by Bhargav
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