Chelsea will be away at the Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon as the Blues seek to close the gap on Liverpool who won their game against Cardiff City 4-1.
Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill has told the team to get the three points against Burnley, as he revealed that it’s winning games like these that reveal champions.
“These are the games you need to win if you’re going to be at the top and compete come the end of the season,” Cahill said.
“This is a very difficult game at the weekend going away to Burnley, everyone knows that.
“So these are the games you have to churn out the victories in. That’s the way I’ve seen it over the years and this weekend will be no different.
“But we’re prepared, the momentum’s good, the form’s good, so we’ve nothing in that respect to fear.
“But we’re very respectful of how strong Burnley are at home, having proved that last season.”
Chelsea are so far unbeaten in nine league games and have only dropped points thrice in draws against Wolves, Liverpool and Manchester United.
However, Cahill feels it is too soon to predict who will be contending for the title at the end of the season, with five teams currently battling for the league title at the moment.
“Talk to me again about all that in January or February: I’ve been here loads of times and before Christmas you just don’t see where it’s going to go,” said Cahill.
“Arsenal are on an unbelievable run of form at the minute. But when they were at our place and were a number of points off the top, people were kind of writing them off.
“But then ever since they’ve been in unbelievable form. That’s what can happen.
“We did it the season we won the league, we struggled and lost at Arsenal away. We lost to Liverpool at home, and then we went on a 13, 14-game winning streak.
“So that’s why I say talk to me again in January, February.
“I think after Christmas if you’re in a position where you’re competing coming into January, you’re up there and you feel like you’ve got a chance.
“There’s loads of games between now and then and a lot can happen.
“It’s just a matter of going one week to the next and building the momentum.
“It’s nice to go back into training off the back of a win, so that’s why I say momentum’s key. And at the minute we’ve got that.”