Sterling stars as Chelsea secure back-to-back league wins

5Shots on Goal3
9Shot Attempts10
4Yellow cards2
0Red Cards0
3Corner Kicks7
42′ A. Al Dakhil (OG)
Odobert 15′

50′ Palmer (P)
65′ Sterling
75′ Jackson

For the first time since March, Chelsea won back-to-back Premier League games on Saturday as they overcame Burnley 4-1.

On their return to the top division this season, promoted Burnley sought to break a run of four straight home losses. They quickly took the lead in the 15th minute when Wilson Odobert stunned the visitors with his first goal in English football.

Ameen Al Dakhil put the ball in his own net in the most awful circumstances three minutes before halftime to bring Mauricio Pochettino’s squad back even after Chelsea made little of an effort to respond.

Beginning in October 2022, Chelsea had lost their previous 19 Premier League games after giving up the first goal, but they turned things around early in the second half.

Cole Palmer converted from the spot after Raheem Sterling had been fouled in the penalty area to score his first goal for the London club.

With only one win this year, Burnley remains in the relegation zone. A magnificent goal from Sterling and a fourth from replacement Nicolas Jackson put the game beyond the hosts, moving Chelsea to ninth in the standings.

“I was telling you in some games, we are building something,” Pochettino remarked following the victory. Although we are a young team with several seasoned players, it only takes time.

“Our performance was excellent. We enter the international break with a fresh attitude because I believe the team was strong and the performance was outstanding.

Burnley had only triumphed in one of their sixteen Premier League encounters with Chelsea, a 3-2 victory on the road in 2017 when the Blues were defending champions. However, given the massive revamp of both squads prior to this season, neither team will have given much thought to that fact.

The only genuine attempt at goal in the initial exchanges came from Palmer’s long-range effort, which flew well over. Both sides started off as units that had not quite gotten acquainted to one other.

Prior to Odobert receiving a pass from Lyle Foster and firing through the legs of Chelsea fullback Marc Cucurella and into the bottom corner, Sterling sent one fizzing shot just wide of the post. With the goal, the 18-year-old broke the record for youngest Premier League goal scorer for Burnley.

As the first half came to an end, Chelsea continued to dominate possession but appeared to be in trouble when Al Dakhil tipped Sterling’s cross over the goalie for the visitors, James Trafford.

Five minutes into the second half, Sterling was once more in the spotlight after drawing a foul from Vitinho that gave Palmer the chance to score Chelsea’s first goal, which he did with authority.

Conor Gallagher assisted Sterling in scoring his third goal of the campaign after playing him through for the third.

Palmer’s assist for Jackson’s well-taken fourth goal assured that Chelsea supporters would return to the capital beaming after witnessing their team score four or more goals for the first time in 71 games across all competitions.

It proves what this league is all about, according to Burnley coach Vincent Kompany. “You play well in the first half, but it’s not enough.

“Everyone needs to advance. I wish I had a magic wand, but it takes a lot of practice to master the fundamentals. We’ve done a great job at it with spells, but they are still only spells.


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