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Chelsea missed a huge chance to go third on the table after failing to beat Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
The Blues slipped to a costly 2-2 draw against Burnley with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri sent to the stands by referee Kevin Friend.
It was a pulsating start at Stamford Bridge as all four goals came in the opening 24 minutes. Jeff Hendrick’s volley put Burnley ahead on eight minutes before N’Golo Kante drew level on 12 minutes and Gonzalo Higuain (14) put Chelsea in front with a quickfire double.
Ashley Barnes levelled on 24 minutes, meaning Chelsea have now failed to win any of their last six fixtures following a Europa League game.
The result leaves Chelsea in fourth place in the Premier League having played a game more than our top-four rivals.
Chelsea defender David Luiz believes the Blues failed to beat Burnley due to the anti-football tactics of Burnley.
Burley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was booked for time-wasting in the 32nd minute by referee Kevin Friend – the earliest card for such an offence since November 2014 and Luiz wasn’t happy with the time wasting tactics by the Burnley players.
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.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola doesn’t think the dropped points against Burnley is a missed opportunity for Chelsea.
“We still have gained a point on other teams and won’t give up until the end,” Zola told reporters after the 2-2 draw against Burnley.
“We tried everything to win the game. We were frustrated in the second half but we didn’t play enough and they were wasting time too much. That’s what frustrated us. We tried everything we could and that’s the reason we’re very unhappy.
“We should have done more in their box, be more effective, more precise, but the desire to win was there until the end. Especially in the first half, there was a lot of quality. To break down a team like Burnley defending their last 20 metres is not easy.”