Chelsea Advance: Has Sarri-Ball Come To Stay

It is a dream start for Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri.

After the thumping of Burnley in their forte, the Blues have now gone 10 games unbeaten.

It has taken Maurizio Sarri just three months to earn a small place in Chelsea’s record books after his side recorded a 10th unbeaten game to start a Premier League season – a feat none of his illustrious predecessors at Stamford Bridge is able to match.

While the Italian will be keen to deflect the personal praise to come his way as a result of such an impressive start, he will be no doubt delighted at the way his side maintained the pressure on Liverpool with a seventh league win to climb to second and in doing so cut the leaders’ advantage at the top to two points.

After shipping five last week against  Manchester City, Burnley were again swept aside with contemptuous ease by one of the top flight’s big beasts, to leave them with just one win in their last 26 meetings with the division’s established top six – ironically an opening day victory at Stamford Bridge last August.

The hugely impressive Willian, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek added second-half goals to a fourth of the campaign before the break from Alvaro Morata to put a more realistic tint on the final scoreline, leaving the hosts a perilous three points above the drop zone after suffering their heaviest home defeat under Sean Dyche.

Chelsea also made light of the absence of leading scorer Eden Hazard, who was ruled out for a second straight game by a back injury sustained in the draw with Manchester United, an injury that is likely to also keep the Belgian midfielder from facing Derby County in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

There was also further frustration for Loftus-Cheek, whose Europa League hat-trick was not enough to secure the England midfielder a starting role, though who nevertheless played a full part in the victory, earning an hour-long run-out at Turf Moor as a first-half substitute for the injured Pedro, and added the fourth goal from close range in stoppage time.

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