Premier League CHE 3-0 BUR: Who can be replaced in this...

CHE 3-0 BUR: Who can be replaced in this Chelsea lineup?


After a home performance such as the one on display today, it is very hard to note any negatives to take away. The back four that was horrendous last season seems more comfortable; the forwards look hungry once more, and the midfield that was essentially barraged through time and again in 2015/16 has appeared the biggest improvement out of all.

N’Golo Kanté’s coverage (much better than T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T) means that the team regained possession almost the very second they had the chance to say goodbye to it. But Chelsea’s eagerness to get the ball back did not stop with Kanté. Oscar, Matic, and sometimes even Azpilicueta when he drifted into the midfield, were exceptional at pressing the ball. So much so that their primary concern was not bumping into each other while they were fighting for the ball.

Kante regains possession from George Boyd. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Getty Images)

Oscar’s inclusion in the starting lineup was justified as the Brazilian put in another shift after somewhat disappearing in the game against Watford. Though his consistency is still subject to much criticism, he now appears to have sealed his place in Conte’s system with his high energy pressing style. It should be noted though, the display against Burnley was one of the poorer performances from the no. 10 in terms of his artistry in the final third. Still only 24-years old, Oscar could have a breakthrough this season if he can keep getting more minutes.

As for Nemanja Matic, the Serb definitely looked more composed than he did in the first two games of the Premier League season. There were signs that the defensive side of the game that made him such a monster in the 2014/15 Chelsea midfield was returning. His passing, though, still needs a ton of improvement (and that’s putting it mildly) if he is to keep his place in the starting lineup from Cesc Fabregas on a regular basis.

The forward three of Hazard, Costa, and Willian (CEW?) looked spectacular in everything they did. Especially the little magician, who returned to his phenomenal best and scored a spectacular solo goal. This is the Hazard that Chelsea fans (and I) adore, and when he plays like this, everyone around him benefits and somehow turn into their best selves. The remaining two in this frontline were at the very peak of their form, except for some particular moments when Costa had his legs frozen and could not convert from inside the penalty area.

If Hazard keeps putting in performances like these, Chelsea could just overtake the Manchester sides and claim the title in May. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Getty Images)

The back four played with the confidence and composure that should really become a regularity. The lack of serious attacking threat from Burnley, though, means that it is deceitful to read too much into it. Ivanovic still looks a bit nervy in his defensive duties, and the defensive line still appeared breachable, something that Conte will definitely improve upon as time passes.

With only four days to go in the transfer market, Chelsea still have a genuine need for a centre-back, fullback, and a midfielder. Cahill and Ivanovic could see their game-time cut short, and so too could Matic, given he still lacks the creative nous that a midfielder like Brozovic or James could offer. All in all, Conte needs to be lauded for his effectiveness on the squad so far, but he won’t be fooled by this spectacular performance so much as the rest of us.

Latest news

Top Trumps: World Football Stars Game Review

Adorned with some of the best footballers to have played in the modern game, Top Trumps: World...

What Is Next For Leo Messi After The Copa America Title?

It was a moment 28 years in the making, but for someone like Lionel Messi, who led...

Juventus find 3 potential Cristiano Ronaldo replacements

Fresh off breaking numerous records at the UEFA 2020 European Championships, Cristiano Ronaldo's future is as blurry...

Olympics 2020 football teams

If football fans thought the summer was already packed out with top football action with the continuation...

The best teams in soccer history

Soccer can undoubtedly be described as the most popular sport in the world. It has different faces....

Verona kill Napoli’s UCL dream

Verona looked impressive away to Napoli Verona put on a solid performance in their 1-1 (0-0) draw...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you