REALITY CHECK: THE DRAW AT TURF MOOR GIVES BLUES AN EYE OPENER

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Prior to today’s game, Burnley had won 10 of their last 13 games at the Turf Moor. The 1-1 draw today only showed that Burnley’s form at home isn’t a fluke.

We all expected a Chelsea victory, we thought it would be another 3 points in the bag, we tagged the game as winnable — but Sean Dyche’s team did their homework. Their defence restricted Chelsea to just two shots on target, Diego Costa lacked any meaningful service upfront, Eden Hazard was tightly marked, and they even tried to catch Chelsea off-guard with their counterattacking moves. We have to give credit to whom it’s due, and congratulate Burnley for a difficult point they earned at their home that has now turned into a fortress.

After getting 4 points from a possible 6 in our last two games against Liverpool and Arsenal, we all tagged the next six games as winnable games, and we all thought that we’ve passed the big tests.

Burnley’s performance today gave us a reality check and brought us down from our high mountains. Sean Dyche’s men reminded us that this is the Premier League, and every league game is a big test, the smaller teams can get their tactics right and stun you, they plan to frustrate the so-called bigger teams, and they don’t care about your status and big name players.

Burnley today fought and worked hard against Chelsea, and you’ll be shocked to find out that Thibaut Courtois made more saves than Tom Heaton, the Burnley goalkeeper.

We have Swansea, West Ham, Stoke City, Watford and Crystal Palace as our next five games before we host Manchester City, and we must up our game against these teams. In the Premier League, points are earned and wins are fought for — nobody cares about status and transfer fees.

Burnley gave us a reality check, and we must be ready to play the remaining games as cup finals.

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