Premier League 2018/19 Chelsea Burnley tactical analysis
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Chelsea came into this match with a fantastic opportunity to move into sole possession of third place in the table with Tottenham, Arsenal, and Manchester United all dropping points at the weekend. The opportunity was squandered as a dominant attacking performance was undone through poor defending on set pieces. Set piece goals from Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick and Ashley Barnes negated the enormous Chelsea advantage in the run of play.

The possession advantage for the match was 74% to 26% in favour of Chelsea while the xG numbers from ended with 2.17 for the Londoners and 0.56 for Burnley. Using tactical analysis and statistics we will look at how Chelsea broke down Burnley’s two blocks of four and how Burnley succeeded on their two set-piece opportunities.


The home team, Chelsea, came out in a 4-3-3 formation. Kepa Arrizabalaga was in goal, with Emerson Palmieri, David Luiz, Andreas Christensen and captain César Azpilicueta in the backline. Jorginho anchored the midfield with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kanté. Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuaín, and Callum Hudson-Odoi made up the front line.

Burnley countered with a 4-4-2 formation, naming Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood up top. A midfield block of four consisted of Jeff Hendrick, Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork and Dwight McNeil. The four-man defence was Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee and Charlie Taylor. The captain Tom Heaton played in goal.

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