Date published: Saturday 31st October 2020 4:52
Hakim Ziyech scored his first Premier League goal as Chelsea thumped Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor.
Just three days after his first Chelsea goal in the Champions League win over Krasnodar the summer signing fired past Nick Pope midway through the first half.
Zurt Zouma made it 2-0 in the second half with a bullet header, while Timo Werner slotted in the third as Frank Lampard’s men got back to winning ways in the Premier League.
Frank Lampard retained just five of the side that started Thursday’s 4-0 Champions League win over Krasnodar as Chelsea travelled to struggling Burnley.
Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi dropped to the bench after scoring in Russia, with the visitors freshening up the side with the likes of Thiago Silva, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.
The Clarets, who were still seeking a first win of the season, showed one change from the team which lost to Tottenham last time out, Dale Stephens in for the injured Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
Christian Pulisic withdrew from the XI just ahead of kick-off after picking up a problem in the warm-up with Werner replacing him.
Chelsea dominated the ball in the first 20 minutes, stroking it around and probing for gaps in the Burnley lines.
But the best chance of the opening skirmishes fell to the hosts after just five minutes. Matt Lowton picked a hole between Chelsea’s centre-backs with a fine long ball, with Ashley Barnes going clear through on Edouard Mendy.
The goalkeeper rushed out as he lifted his shot high over the crossbar, going through the striker only once the move had subsided.
Chelsea later had a penalty appeal when Ben Chilwell rushed through to meet Reece James’ cross at the far post and felt a push in the back from Josh Brownhill, steering him into the net and off course.
Chelsea took the lead in the 27th minute, after good work down the right wrong-footed Sean Dyche’s side.
Ziyech exchanged passes with the industrious James, then peeled into the box. Abraham was the intended target for the cross and he cleverly spotted Ziyech, touching the ball back to the Morocco international who drilled low past Nick Pope.
It looked a soft goal for the England keeper to concede but he was unsighted by Stephens.
Burnley were getting forward more and more as they pushed for the leveller and will have been furious to concede from a set-piece to make it 2-0 after 63 minutes.
Mount whipped it a corner from the right and Zouma got the better of three home defenders to power home a bullet header.
James then found Ziyech and he threaded a pass through for Werner to slot in his side’s third with 20 minutes to go.
Thiago Silva almost got in on the action with a header from a corner (88) that Pope saved as the visitors ran out easy winners.