BURNLEY BOSS RESPONDS TO DAVID LUIZ’S ANTI-FOOTBALL COMMENT

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Chelsea could only play out a 2-2 draw with Burnley in the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Maurizio Sarri’s side dominated the game with 77 percent possession and had 22 shots in the game, but Burnley stung Chelsea by scoring from two setpieces, and Chelsea found it hard to score again after Ashley Barnes equalised for the away side on the 24th minute.

Chelsea defender David Luiz accused Sean Dyche’s side of anti-football as he blamed their time wasting tactics.

Luiz told Sky Sports: “We tried everything to win the game.

“It’s difficult when you play against a team who have two chances and score two goals and didn’t want to play the game.

“It’s anti-football. Losing time (time wasting) all the time, especially when you have the ball. Their players went to the floor and stopped the game.

“They were playing 11 inside the box. It’s difficult to score against a team like that.”

Speaking after the game, Burnley boss Sean Dyche insisted that everyone is entitled to their opinion.

He said: “It’s difficult when you play against a team who have two chances and score two goals and didn’t want to play the game.

“It’s anti-football. Losing time (time wasting) all the time, especially when you have the ball. Their players went to the floor and stopped the game.

“They were playing 11 inside the box. It’s difficult to score against a team like that.”

On the time wasting accusations, he said: “I believe Tom Heaton’s booking was the earliest in the season for time wasting, and that solves it, so there can’t be any more time wasting.

“That’s our 48th game of the season so if we’ve got players going down with cramp with the amount of injuries we’ve had, a lot of these players have played virtually every minute. I don’t know how you could question that at this stage of the season, especially when the weather turns like this.”

He went on: “We haven’t got the technical prowess of some of these players. We can’t afford the technical prowess of some of these teams so you have to find a way to win games and be successful in the Premier League. I have never hidden behind that, tonight it was to get a point and other times it is to win games.

“I thought we were excellent at Bournemouth the other week and deserved it. We have had some very good performances and there are nights like this when you have to give everything, every inch. That used to be a really good thing when fans see their team give everything and maybe it still has a place. It does for me.”

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