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FILE - In this July 24, 2005, file photo, overall leader Lance Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, surrounded by press photographers, gestures seven, for his seventh straight win in the Tour de France cycling race, prior to the start of the 21st and final stage of the race, between Corbeil-Essonnes, south of Paris, and the French capital. Armstrong, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government
FILE - In this July 24, 2005, file photo, overall leader Lance Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, surrounded by press photographers, gestures seven, for his seventh straight win in the Tour de France cycling race, prior to the start of the 21st and final stage of the race, between Corbeil-Essonnes, south of Paris, and the French capital. Armstrong, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
FILE - In this July 24, 2004, file pool photo, overall leader Lance Armstrong, right, of Austin, Texas, follows compatriot and teammate Floyd Landis, left, in the ascent of the La Croix Fry pass during the 17th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Bourg-d'Oisans and Le Grand Bornand, French Alps. Armstrong, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career. (Bernard Papon/Pool Photo via AP, File)
Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government
FILE - In this July 24, 2004, file pool photo, overall leader Lance Armstrong, right, of Austin, Texas, follows compatriot and teammate Floyd Landis, left, in the ascent of the La Croix Fry pass during the 17th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Bourg-d'Oisans and Le Grand Bornand, French Alps. Armstrong, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career. (Bernard Papon/Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2011 file photo, Lance Armstrong pauses during an interview in Austin, Texas.Armstrong, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career. (AP Photo/Thao Nguyen, File)
Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2011 file photo, Lance Armstrong pauses during an interview in Austin, Texas.Armstrong, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career. (AP Photo/Thao Nguyen, File)
FILE - In this April 1, 2012 file photo, Lance Armstrong listens during a news conference in Galveston, Texas. Armstrong, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career. (Michael Paulsen/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government
FILE - In this April 1, 2012 file photo, Lance Armstrong listens during a news conference in Galveston, Texas. Armstrong, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career. (Michael Paulsen/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
Barcelona's Nelson Semedo, left, Massi, center, and Ousmane Dembele celebrate after a second goal was scored, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between RC Celta and Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo, Spain, Tuesday April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)
Atletico defeat leaves Barcelona 1 win from title
Barcelona's Nelson Semedo, left, Massi, center, and Ousmane Dembele celebrate after a second goal was scored, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between RC Celta and Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo, Spain, Tuesday April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo smiles after scoring against Athletic Bilbao during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Ronaldo scored once and the match ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Atletico defeat leaves Barcelona 1 win from title
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo smiles after scoring against Athletic Bilbao during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Ronaldo scored once and the match ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
The New York Giants released WR Brandon Marshall, so the speculation about adding free-agent WR Dez Bryant will continue.
The Giants released Brandon Marshall, so the speculation about Dez Bryant continues
The New York Giants released WR Brandon Marshall, so the speculation about adding free-agent WR Dez Bryant will continue.
9:29PM 87 min Zappacosta heads over after Hazard orchestrates another patient Chelsea attack. Sean Dyche rolls the dice by bringing on Nahki Wells for Aaron Lennon. 9:25PM 84 min Change for Chelsea: off goes Emerson, who's been quite decent in deputising for Alonso, and on comes Davide Zappacosta. 9:23PM 81 min Hazard feeds Giroud on his left foot, but Tarkowski stays tight to block for a corner. Hazard spots Pedro lurking on the edge of the box, but the sidefooted shot is blocked. 9:21PM 78 min Bakayoko is gently chopped down by Kevin Long while in full flow. Chelsea use the free kick conservatively, Moses gets down the right, but his cut-back is dealt with. 9:18PM 76 min Hazard tries to walk his way through a wall of claret-and-blue. Meanwhile, Morata continues to seethe on the Chelsea bench, probably directed more at himself than anything else. 9:13PM 72 min Burnley swap: Chris Wood off, Sam Vokes on. Like. For. Like. 9:12PM 71 min Chelsea make their change: off goes Morata - 50% relief, 50% shame - and on comes Eden Hazard. Morata takes some flak off the home fans and responds with a harmless flail of the arm. 9:10PM GOAL! Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 (Moses 69 min) Emerson hits a shot straight at Pope! That, at least, reminded us that Emerson is still playing. Good game, this. Shortly after that, Emerson's cross evades everyone except Victor Moses, who laces it in at the near post! Burnley 1 - 2 Chelsea (Victor Moses, 69 min) 9:08PM 67 min That will hasten the introduction of Chelsea's main men, you would think. 9:06PM GOAL! Burnley 1 (Barnes 64 min) Chelsea 1 Hello! And that's the good fortune the home side needed! Gudmundsson lets fly from 25 yards, Ashley Barnes simply stands there, the ball flicks off his heel and Courtois hasn't got an earthly. Start ruing that Morata chance, Chelsea... 9:04PM 64 min Burnley are pushing up, leaving space to exploit. If Conte wants to risk one or both of Hazard or Willian - both are warming up - they'll surely make hay here. 9:03PM 63 min Chelsea launch another counter, making full use of Pedro's quick feet and brain, but Moses slaps his shot from an angle straight at Pope. 9:02PM 61 min Giroud goes down shrieking in agony after a clash with Tarkowski, but the referee sees nothing untoward from the already-booked Burnley defender. Giroud gets some hearty Lancashire boos for his trouble. 9:00PM 58 min Pedro's turn to race into Burnley territory next, but Gudmundsson tracks him all the way. Chelsea now have a missed chance to potentially rue, no doubt about it - it's Burnley's job to make it happen. 8:57PM 55 min CHANCE! Alvaro Morata, my goodness. Kante breaks up a Burnley attack, slides a perfect pass into the Spaniard's path. Morata carries the ball 40 yards, Pope stays at home...and the ball is sidefooted wide. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 55 min) 8:54PM 53 min Cesc Fabregas looks ready to go for a little stretch down the Turf Moor touchline. Perhaps that killer ball through the middle is what Chelsea have lacked so far, but the need isn't urgent. At the other end, Cahill slips! That allows Barnes to pounce, but Cahill slides in to rescue the situation. 8:51PM 50 min Chelsea patiently wait for Giroud or Morata to present themselves up front. The former makes space for a shot on the edge of the box, but it's blocked. 8:49PM 47 min Both sides give the ball away cheaply in the early second-half exchanges, which does little to turn down the volume from their respective managers. 8:46PM We go again... Burnley get the second half going at Turf Moor - no changes to report for either side at the break... 8:43PM Top of the shots: Burnley vs Chelsea shots on goal 8:31PM Half time: Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 Good work from a 3-5-2 Chelsea there but can they kill this off and avoid some unnecessary sweating in the second half? We'll find out soon, but Burnley will come out fighting. 8:29PM 44 min An ironic cheer from the home faithful as they finally witness a decision going their way, but that's a minor victory in a half that's been mostly Chelsea's. 8:25PM 40 min Space opens up in front of N'Golo Kante, and he obliges by zipping forward and curling a shot over the Burnley crossbar. Chelsea ending the half stronger. 8:22PM 37 min Old news, but: Bakayoko is just not good. Another of Chelsea's logical-looking signings who needs a good pre-season under his belt, I think. 8:18PM 33 min Chance! Kante plays the Fabregas role, feeds Giroud, who in turn slides in Morata, but Pope is out quickly to make sure the no.9 can't flick it over him. Corner, which again is no bother for Burnley. 8:15PM 31 min Half-chance for Burnley! Matt Lowton pokes a hopeful cross into the Chelsea box, but Ashley Barnes can't stretch enough to do the same and trouble Courtois. Burnley having a nice mini-spell here, though... 8:13PM 28 min Giroud very much the link-man of the Chelsea front two, which makes sense given his velvet lay-offs and Morata's relative pace. Speaking of which, he's tugged down by James Tarkowski on the edge of the box - yellow card. Pedro stands over the free kick over to the left...but he clips it wide of the near post in an attempt to catch Pope out. 8:07PM 23 min Chelsea looking happy enough so far - their new system is starting to find useful pockets of space, while Burnley are yet to muster a shot at the right end. 8:05PM GOAL! Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 (Long og, 20 min) Well! Gary Cahill pings a crossfield ball for Moses to run on to. He tries to clip a cross to Giroud, but Kevin Long gets there first...to bundle the ball past his own keeper! 8:01PM 16 min Chelsea work the ball in from the left, using Giroud as a capable wall to feed Pedro, but he awkwardly sidefoots a volley into Row Z. 7:59PM 14 min Chelsea are making good use of Thibaut Courtois' catapult of a left foot which, although not Ederson-like, has some long-range capability. Barnes and Wood, meanwhile, continue to hare after the ball in behind the Chelsea back three. 7:56PM 11 min Morata's through! He latches on to a Giroud flick, but he takes an inexplicable extra touch that turns a tight angle into an impossible one - Nick Pope gets a toe to the ball to help it on its way for a corner, which Burnley handle with ease. 7:54PM 8 min Azpilicueta slides in Giroud, who is losing the footrace with Kevin Long, and tumbles over looking for a penalty. Referee Bobby Madley is truly, deeply unmoved. 7:52PM 7 min First glimpse of Chelsea's Plan A: Giroud clips the ball out to Emerson on the left. His cross is a tasty-looking one, but a Burnley head glances it away. 7:50PM 5 min Burnley free kick, out wide on the right. Johann Berg Gudmundsson swings it in, there's some muted appeals for a Chelsea handball, but it's hacked clear by the visitors. 7:49PM 4 min Chelsea, without their A-list ball-carriers, are already happy to ping the ball long to the heads of Morata and Giroud. Burnley, meanwhile, are looking to exploit the channels to find Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. 7:47PM 2 min Burnley get the early touches of the ball on their carpet of a playing surface. It's a good 90 seconds before a Chelsea boot finally gets to a pass first. 7:45PM Kick off! We're off and running at Turf Moor, where I am obliged by accepted wisdom to say it's a perfect evening for football...despite the glorious sunshine being in at least 10,000 people's eyes. Chelsea are in their change colours of very-slightly-off-white. 7:38PM Dyche's pre-match rallying cry: "We've kept it simple for a long time, the next game is the most important one, and that's kept us focused on what's right in front of us. We've been more flexible this season; having two strikers gives you a better goal threat but you've got to have that defensive balance as well, and we've found that in the last few games" 7:35PM Conte speaks: "It's always a good opportunity when you get the chance to play - to show you deserve the chance to play more often. That's what the players need to show me. This is the first time we've had the opportunity to play with two strikers, and tonight I hope to see a good game, and a good link between Morata and Giroud" 7:26PM Counting on Conte? Antonio Conte takes charge of his 100th Chelsea game (all comps), tonight. He’s the 3rd Chelsea manager to reach that milestone under the 15-year ownership of Roman Abramovich, after Jose Mourinho (321 over 2 spells) & Carlo Ancelotti (109) #PLpic.twitter.com/HqQ14HAAd5— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 19, 2018 It's a bit of a shame that Chelsea managers have such a limited lifespan. Some will argue their short-termist model has worked well enough in terms of trophies, but you sense their luck might be running out there. As they lifted the Premier League trophy almost a year ago, the plan wasn't to be England's fifth-best team by a distance. 7:23PM Victor Moses speaks: "We know what a hard game this is going to be. They gave us a tough game here last season and it's always difficult coming to Turf Moor. We have to believe." Moses and, on the other flank, Palmieri will be key for Chelsea, seeing as they have Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata to aim at in the middle. In the absence of Willian and Hazard from the start, only Pedro will be scheming in behind. 7:11PM Conte: Dyche's job "is more simple" than managing Chelsea Antonio Conte, it seems, won't be in the Premier League next season, so the pressure's off as far as his press-conference sentiments are concerned. Ahead of this one, he claimed that Sean Dyche's job is easier than his. In fairness, Conte was happy to explain himself: “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” Conte's future remains unclear Credit: CHELSEA FC Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” 7:01PM Barkley's back Ross Barkley is among the Chelsea substitutes Credit: AFP Having overcome his latest hamstring injury, Ross Barkley is again among the Chelsea subs tonight. It looks a proper pre-season is his target, after which Chelsea might have a bargain on their hands. As it stands, though, he's something of a curious, peripheral figure. 6:48PM Team news! TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ChelseaFC at Turf Moor tonight. pic.twitter.com/mHxcka3j5g— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 19, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson, Pedro, Morata, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Willian, Hazard. #BURCHEpic.twitter.com/IIYdnl805P— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 19, 2018 Two big strikers for Chelsea! It's like the 1990s! Meanwhile, there's a return for the much-maligned Tiemoue Bakayoko and a start - in place of the suspended Marcos Alonso - for Emerson Palmieri, signed from Roma for around £18m in January. Eden Hazard, wrapped in cotton wool, is on the bench. Burnley are unchanged, in the sense that they'll be rock solid. 6:42PM The Race for Fifth? Few might have predicted that here, in the middle of April, Chelsea would be heading to Turf Moor with their league season effectively shelved - albeit with an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to - and with Burnley breathing down their necks to be the among the best of the rest, outside of the Champions League places. That says as much about their latest limp title defence as it does of Sean Dyche's tight ship, which has steered itself to within touching distance of Europe despite scoring fewer goals than 14 other Premier League teams. Burnley surprised Chelsea on the opening day Credit: REUTERS The first scribbles of the writing on Chelsea's wall where made all the way back on a sun-drenched opening day at Stamford Bridge, where Burnley were 3-0 up at half-time, and two men up at full-time. Another win for them tonight - a sixth in a row, to boot - wouldn't be anywhere near as much of a shock. That, again, says it all about both managers' seasons.
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9:29PM 87 min Zappacosta heads over after Hazard orchestrates another patient Chelsea attack. Sean Dyche rolls the dice by bringing on Nahki Wells for Aaron Lennon. 9:25PM 84 min Change for Chelsea: off goes Emerson, who's been quite decent in deputising for Alonso, and on comes Davide Zappacosta. 9:23PM 81 min Hazard feeds Giroud on his left foot, but Tarkowski stays tight to block for a corner. Hazard spots Pedro lurking on the edge of the box, but the sidefooted shot is blocked. 9:21PM 78 min Bakayoko is gently chopped down by Kevin Long while in full flow. Chelsea use the free kick conservatively, Moses gets down the right, but his cut-back is dealt with. 9:18PM 76 min Hazard tries to walk his way through a wall of claret-and-blue. Meanwhile, Morata continues to seethe on the Chelsea bench, probably directed more at himself than anything else. 9:13PM 72 min Burnley swap: Chris Wood off, Sam Vokes on. Like. For. Like. 9:12PM 71 min Chelsea make their change: off goes Morata - 50% relief, 50% shame - and on comes Eden Hazard. Morata takes some flak off the home fans and responds with a harmless flail of the arm. 9:10PM GOAL! Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 (Moses 69 min) Emerson hits a shot straight at Pope! That, at least, reminded us that Emerson is still playing. Good game, this. Shortly after that, Emerson's cross evades everyone except Victor Moses, who laces it in at the near post! Burnley 1 - 2 Chelsea (Victor Moses, 69 min) 9:08PM 67 min That will hasten the introduction of Chelsea's main men, you would think. 9:06PM GOAL! Burnley 1 (Barnes 64 min) Chelsea 1 Hello! And that's the good fortune the home side needed! Gudmundsson lets fly from 25 yards, Ashley Barnes simply stands there, the ball flicks off his heel and Courtois hasn't got an earthly. Start ruing that Morata chance, Chelsea... 9:04PM 64 min Burnley are pushing up, leaving space to exploit. If Conte wants to risk one or both of Hazard or Willian - both are warming up - they'll surely make hay here. 9:03PM 63 min Chelsea launch another counter, making full use of Pedro's quick feet and brain, but Moses slaps his shot from an angle straight at Pope. 9:02PM 61 min Giroud goes down shrieking in agony after a clash with Tarkowski, but the referee sees nothing untoward from the already-booked Burnley defender. Giroud gets some hearty Lancashire boos for his trouble. 9:00PM 58 min Pedro's turn to race into Burnley territory next, but Gudmundsson tracks him all the way. Chelsea now have a missed chance to potentially rue, no doubt about it - it's Burnley's job to make it happen. 8:57PM 55 min CHANCE! Alvaro Morata, my goodness. Kante breaks up a Burnley attack, slides a perfect pass into the Spaniard's path. Morata carries the ball 40 yards, Pope stays at home...and the ball is sidefooted wide. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 55 min) 8:54PM 53 min Cesc Fabregas looks ready to go for a little stretch down the Turf Moor touchline. Perhaps that killer ball through the middle is what Chelsea have lacked so far, but the need isn't urgent. At the other end, Cahill slips! That allows Barnes to pounce, but Cahill slides in to rescue the situation. 8:51PM 50 min Chelsea patiently wait for Giroud or Morata to present themselves up front. The former makes space for a shot on the edge of the box, but it's blocked. 8:49PM 47 min Both sides give the ball away cheaply in the early second-half exchanges, which does little to turn down the volume from their respective managers. 8:46PM We go again... Burnley get the second half going at Turf Moor - no changes to report for either side at the break... 8:43PM Top of the shots: Burnley vs Chelsea shots on goal 8:31PM Half time: Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 Good work from a 3-5-2 Chelsea there but can they kill this off and avoid some unnecessary sweating in the second half? We'll find out soon, but Burnley will come out fighting. 8:29PM 44 min An ironic cheer from the home faithful as they finally witness a decision going their way, but that's a minor victory in a half that's been mostly Chelsea's. 8:25PM 40 min Space opens up in front of N'Golo Kante, and he obliges by zipping forward and curling a shot over the Burnley crossbar. Chelsea ending the half stronger. 8:22PM 37 min Old news, but: Bakayoko is just not good. Another of Chelsea's logical-looking signings who needs a good pre-season under his belt, I think. 8:18PM 33 min Chance! Kante plays the Fabregas role, feeds Giroud, who in turn slides in Morata, but Pope is out quickly to make sure the no.9 can't flick it over him. Corner, which again is no bother for Burnley. 8:15PM 31 min Half-chance for Burnley! Matt Lowton pokes a hopeful cross into the Chelsea box, but Ashley Barnes can't stretch enough to do the same and trouble Courtois. Burnley having a nice mini-spell here, though... 8:13PM 28 min Giroud very much the link-man of the Chelsea front two, which makes sense given his velvet lay-offs and Morata's relative pace. Speaking of which, he's tugged down by James Tarkowski on the edge of the box - yellow card. Pedro stands over the free kick over to the left...but he clips it wide of the near post in an attempt to catch Pope out. 8:07PM 23 min Chelsea looking happy enough so far - their new system is starting to find useful pockets of space, while Burnley are yet to muster a shot at the right end. 8:05PM GOAL! Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 (Long og, 20 min) Well! Gary Cahill pings a crossfield ball for Moses to run on to. He tries to clip a cross to Giroud, but Kevin Long gets there first...to bundle the ball past his own keeper! 8:01PM 16 min Chelsea work the ball in from the left, using Giroud as a capable wall to feed Pedro, but he awkwardly sidefoots a volley into Row Z. 7:59PM 14 min Chelsea are making good use of Thibaut Courtois' catapult of a left foot which, although not Ederson-like, has some long-range capability. Barnes and Wood, meanwhile, continue to hare after the ball in behind the Chelsea back three. 7:56PM 11 min Morata's through! He latches on to a Giroud flick, but he takes an inexplicable extra touch that turns a tight angle into an impossible one - Nick Pope gets a toe to the ball to help it on its way for a corner, which Burnley handle with ease. 7:54PM 8 min Azpilicueta slides in Giroud, who is losing the footrace with Kevin Long, and tumbles over looking for a penalty. Referee Bobby Madley is truly, deeply unmoved. 7:52PM 7 min First glimpse of Chelsea's Plan A: Giroud clips the ball out to Emerson on the left. His cross is a tasty-looking one, but a Burnley head glances it away. 7:50PM 5 min Burnley free kick, out wide on the right. Johann Berg Gudmundsson swings it in, there's some muted appeals for a Chelsea handball, but it's hacked clear by the visitors. 7:49PM 4 min Chelsea, without their A-list ball-carriers, are already happy to ping the ball long to the heads of Morata and Giroud. Burnley, meanwhile, are looking to exploit the channels to find Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. 7:47PM 2 min Burnley get the early touches of the ball on their carpet of a playing surface. It's a good 90 seconds before a Chelsea boot finally gets to a pass first. 7:45PM Kick off! We're off and running at Turf Moor, where I am obliged by accepted wisdom to say it's a perfect evening for football...despite the glorious sunshine being in at least 10,000 people's eyes. Chelsea are in their change colours of very-slightly-off-white. 7:38PM Dyche's pre-match rallying cry: "We've kept it simple for a long time, the next game is the most important one, and that's kept us focused on what's right in front of us. We've been more flexible this season; having two strikers gives you a better goal threat but you've got to have that defensive balance as well, and we've found that in the last few games" 7:35PM Conte speaks: "It's always a good opportunity when you get the chance to play - to show you deserve the chance to play more often. That's what the players need to show me. This is the first time we've had the opportunity to play with two strikers, and tonight I hope to see a good game, and a good link between Morata and Giroud" 7:26PM Counting on Conte? Antonio Conte takes charge of his 100th Chelsea game (all comps), tonight. He’s the 3rd Chelsea manager to reach that milestone under the 15-year ownership of Roman Abramovich, after Jose Mourinho (321 over 2 spells) & Carlo Ancelotti (109) #PLpic.twitter.com/HqQ14HAAd5— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 19, 2018 It's a bit of a shame that Chelsea managers have such a limited lifespan. Some will argue their short-termist model has worked well enough in terms of trophies, but you sense their luck might be running out there. As they lifted the Premier League trophy almost a year ago, the plan wasn't to be England's fifth-best team by a distance. 7:23PM Victor Moses speaks: "We know what a hard game this is going to be. They gave us a tough game here last season and it's always difficult coming to Turf Moor. We have to believe." Moses and, on the other flank, Palmieri will be key for Chelsea, seeing as they have Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata to aim at in the middle. In the absence of Willian and Hazard from the start, only Pedro will be scheming in behind. 7:11PM Conte: Dyche's job "is more simple" than managing Chelsea Antonio Conte, it seems, won't be in the Premier League next season, so the pressure's off as far as his press-conference sentiments are concerned. Ahead of this one, he claimed that Sean Dyche's job is easier than his. In fairness, Conte was happy to explain himself: “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” Conte's future remains unclear Credit: CHELSEA FC Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” 7:01PM Barkley's back Ross Barkley is among the Chelsea substitutes Credit: AFP Having overcome his latest hamstring injury, Ross Barkley is again among the Chelsea subs tonight. It looks a proper pre-season is his target, after which Chelsea might have a bargain on their hands. As it stands, though, he's something of a curious, peripheral figure. 6:48PM Team news! TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ChelseaFC at Turf Moor tonight. pic.twitter.com/mHxcka3j5g— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 19, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson, Pedro, Morata, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Willian, Hazard. #BURCHEpic.twitter.com/IIYdnl805P— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 19, 2018 Two big strikers for Chelsea! It's like the 1990s! Meanwhile, there's a return for the much-maligned Tiemoue Bakayoko and a start - in place of the suspended Marcos Alonso - for Emerson Palmieri, signed from Roma for around £18m in January. Eden Hazard, wrapped in cotton wool, is on the bench. Burnley are unchanged, in the sense that they'll be rock solid. 6:42PM The Race for Fifth? Few might have predicted that here, in the middle of April, Chelsea would be heading to Turf Moor with their league season effectively shelved - albeit with an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to - and with Burnley breathing down their necks to be the among the best of the rest, outside of the Champions League places. That says as much about their latest limp title defence as it does of Sean Dyche's tight ship, which has steered itself to within touching distance of Europe despite scoring fewer goals than 14 other Premier League teams. Burnley surprised Chelsea on the opening day Credit: REUTERS The first scribbles of the writing on Chelsea's wall where made all the way back on a sun-drenched opening day at Stamford Bridge, where Burnley were 3-0 up at half-time, and two men up at full-time. Another win for them tonight - a sixth in a row, to boot - wouldn't be anywhere near as much of a shock. That, again, says it all about both managers' seasons.
9:29PM 87 min Zappacosta heads over after Hazard orchestrates another patient Chelsea attack. Sean Dyche rolls the dice by bringing on Nahki Wells for Aaron Lennon. 9:25PM 84 min Change for Chelsea: off goes Emerson, who's been quite decent in deputising for Alonso, and on comes Davide Zappacosta. 9:23PM 81 min Hazard feeds Giroud on his left foot, but Tarkowski stays tight to block for a corner. Hazard spots Pedro lurking on the edge of the box, but the sidefooted shot is blocked. 9:21PM 78 min Bakayoko is gently chopped down by Kevin Long while in full flow. Chelsea use the free kick conservatively, Moses gets down the right, but his cut-back is dealt with. 9:18PM 76 min Hazard tries to walk his way through a wall of claret-and-blue. Meanwhile, Morata continues to seethe on the Chelsea bench, probably directed more at himself than anything else. 9:13PM 72 min Burnley swap: Chris Wood off, Sam Vokes on. Like. For. Like. 9:12PM 71 min Chelsea make their change: off goes Morata - 50% relief, 50% shame - and on comes Eden Hazard. Morata takes some flak off the home fans and responds with a harmless flail of the arm. 9:10PM GOAL! Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 (Moses 69 min) Emerson hits a shot straight at Pope! That, at least, reminded us that Emerson is still playing. Good game, this. Shortly after that, Emerson's cross evades everyone except Victor Moses, who laces it in at the near post! Burnley 1 - 2 Chelsea (Victor Moses, 69 min) 9:08PM 67 min That will hasten the introduction of Chelsea's main men, you would think. 9:06PM GOAL! Burnley 1 (Barnes 64 min) Chelsea 1 Hello! And that's the good fortune the home side needed! Gudmundsson lets fly from 25 yards, Ashley Barnes simply stands there, the ball flicks off his heel and Courtois hasn't got an earthly. Start ruing that Morata chance, Chelsea... 9:04PM 64 min Burnley are pushing up, leaving space to exploit. If Conte wants to risk one or both of Hazard or Willian - both are warming up - they'll surely make hay here. 9:03PM 63 min Chelsea launch another counter, making full use of Pedro's quick feet and brain, but Moses slaps his shot from an angle straight at Pope. 9:02PM 61 min Giroud goes down shrieking in agony after a clash with Tarkowski, but the referee sees nothing untoward from the already-booked Burnley defender. Giroud gets some hearty Lancashire boos for his trouble. 9:00PM 58 min Pedro's turn to race into Burnley territory next, but Gudmundsson tracks him all the way. Chelsea now have a missed chance to potentially rue, no doubt about it - it's Burnley's job to make it happen. 8:57PM 55 min CHANCE! Alvaro Morata, my goodness. Kante breaks up a Burnley attack, slides a perfect pass into the Spaniard's path. Morata carries the ball 40 yards, Pope stays at home...and the ball is sidefooted wide. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 55 min) 8:54PM 53 min Cesc Fabregas looks ready to go for a little stretch down the Turf Moor touchline. Perhaps that killer ball through the middle is what Chelsea have lacked so far, but the need isn't urgent. At the other end, Cahill slips! That allows Barnes to pounce, but Cahill slides in to rescue the situation. 8:51PM 50 min Chelsea patiently wait for Giroud or Morata to present themselves up front. The former makes space for a shot on the edge of the box, but it's blocked. 8:49PM 47 min Both sides give the ball away cheaply in the early second-half exchanges, which does little to turn down the volume from their respective managers. 8:46PM We go again... Burnley get the second half going at Turf Moor - no changes to report for either side at the break... 8:43PM Top of the shots: Burnley vs Chelsea shots on goal 8:31PM Half time: Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 Good work from a 3-5-2 Chelsea there but can they kill this off and avoid some unnecessary sweating in the second half? We'll find out soon, but Burnley will come out fighting. 8:29PM 44 min An ironic cheer from the home faithful as they finally witness a decision going their way, but that's a minor victory in a half that's been mostly Chelsea's. 8:25PM 40 min Space opens up in front of N'Golo Kante, and he obliges by zipping forward and curling a shot over the Burnley crossbar. Chelsea ending the half stronger. 8:22PM 37 min Old news, but: Bakayoko is just not good. Another of Chelsea's logical-looking signings who needs a good pre-season under his belt, I think. 8:18PM 33 min Chance! Kante plays the Fabregas role, feeds Giroud, who in turn slides in Morata, but Pope is out quickly to make sure the no.9 can't flick it over him. Corner, which again is no bother for Burnley. 8:15PM 31 min Half-chance for Burnley! Matt Lowton pokes a hopeful cross into the Chelsea box, but Ashley Barnes can't stretch enough to do the same and trouble Courtois. Burnley having a nice mini-spell here, though... 8:13PM 28 min Giroud very much the link-man of the Chelsea front two, which makes sense given his velvet lay-offs and Morata's relative pace. Speaking of which, he's tugged down by James Tarkowski on the edge of the box - yellow card. Pedro stands over the free kick over to the left...but he clips it wide of the near post in an attempt to catch Pope out. 8:07PM 23 min Chelsea looking happy enough so far - their new system is starting to find useful pockets of space, while Burnley are yet to muster a shot at the right end. 8:05PM GOAL! Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 (Long og, 20 min) Well! Gary Cahill pings a crossfield ball for Moses to run on to. He tries to clip a cross to Giroud, but Kevin Long gets there first...to bundle the ball past his own keeper! 8:01PM 16 min Chelsea work the ball in from the left, using Giroud as a capable wall to feed Pedro, but he awkwardly sidefoots a volley into Row Z. 7:59PM 14 min Chelsea are making good use of Thibaut Courtois' catapult of a left foot which, although not Ederson-like, has some long-range capability. Barnes and Wood, meanwhile, continue to hare after the ball in behind the Chelsea back three. 7:56PM 11 min Morata's through! He latches on to a Giroud flick, but he takes an inexplicable extra touch that turns a tight angle into an impossible one - Nick Pope gets a toe to the ball to help it on its way for a corner, which Burnley handle with ease. 7:54PM 8 min Azpilicueta slides in Giroud, who is losing the footrace with Kevin Long, and tumbles over looking for a penalty. Referee Bobby Madley is truly, deeply unmoved. 7:52PM 7 min First glimpse of Chelsea's Plan A: Giroud clips the ball out to Emerson on the left. His cross is a tasty-looking one, but a Burnley head glances it away. 7:50PM 5 min Burnley free kick, out wide on the right. Johann Berg Gudmundsson swings it in, there's some muted appeals for a Chelsea handball, but it's hacked clear by the visitors. 7:49PM 4 min Chelsea, without their A-list ball-carriers, are already happy to ping the ball long to the heads of Morata and Giroud. Burnley, meanwhile, are looking to exploit the channels to find Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. 7:47PM 2 min Burnley get the early touches of the ball on their carpet of a playing surface. It's a good 90 seconds before a Chelsea boot finally gets to a pass first. 7:45PM Kick off! We're off and running at Turf Moor, where I am obliged by accepted wisdom to say it's a perfect evening for football...despite the glorious sunshine being in at least 10,000 people's eyes. Chelsea are in their change colours of very-slightly-off-white. 7:38PM Dyche's pre-match rallying cry: "We've kept it simple for a long time, the next game is the most important one, and that's kept us focused on what's right in front of us. We've been more flexible this season; having two strikers gives you a better goal threat but you've got to have that defensive balance as well, and we've found that in the last few games" 7:35PM Conte speaks: "It's always a good opportunity when you get the chance to play - to show you deserve the chance to play more often. That's what the players need to show me. This is the first time we've had the opportunity to play with two strikers, and tonight I hope to see a good game, and a good link between Morata and Giroud" 7:26PM Counting on Conte? Antonio Conte takes charge of his 100th Chelsea game (all comps), tonight. He’s the 3rd Chelsea manager to reach that milestone under the 15-year ownership of Roman Abramovich, after Jose Mourinho (321 over 2 spells) & Carlo Ancelotti (109) #PLpic.twitter.com/HqQ14HAAd5— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 19, 2018 It's a bit of a shame that Chelsea managers have such a limited lifespan. Some will argue their short-termist model has worked well enough in terms of trophies, but you sense their luck might be running out there. As they lifted the Premier League trophy almost a year ago, the plan wasn't to be England's fifth-best team by a distance. 7:23PM Victor Moses speaks: "We know what a hard game this is going to be. They gave us a tough game here last season and it's always difficult coming to Turf Moor. We have to believe." Moses and, on the other flank, Palmieri will be key for Chelsea, seeing as they have Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata to aim at in the middle. In the absence of Willian and Hazard from the start, only Pedro will be scheming in behind. 7:11PM Conte: Dyche's job "is more simple" than managing Chelsea Antonio Conte, it seems, won't be in the Premier League next season, so the pressure's off as far as his press-conference sentiments are concerned. Ahead of this one, he claimed that Sean Dyche's job is easier than his. In fairness, Conte was happy to explain himself: “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” Conte's future remains unclear Credit: CHELSEA FC Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” 7:01PM Barkley's back Ross Barkley is among the Chelsea substitutes Credit: AFP Having overcome his latest hamstring injury, Ross Barkley is again among the Chelsea subs tonight. It looks a proper pre-season is his target, after which Chelsea might have a bargain on their hands. As it stands, though, he's something of a curious, peripheral figure. 6:48PM Team news! TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ChelseaFC at Turf Moor tonight. pic.twitter.com/mHxcka3j5g— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 19, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson, Pedro, Morata, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Willian, Hazard. #BURCHEpic.twitter.com/IIYdnl805P— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 19, 2018 Two big strikers for Chelsea! It's like the 1990s! Meanwhile, there's a return for the much-maligned Tiemoue Bakayoko and a start - in place of the suspended Marcos Alonso - for Emerson Palmieri, signed from Roma for around £18m in January. Eden Hazard, wrapped in cotton wool, is on the bench. Burnley are unchanged, in the sense that they'll be rock solid. 6:42PM The Race for Fifth? Few might have predicted that here, in the middle of April, Chelsea would be heading to Turf Moor with their league season effectively shelved - albeit with an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to - and with Burnley breathing down their necks to be the among the best of the rest, outside of the Champions League places. That says as much about their latest limp title defence as it does of Sean Dyche's tight ship, which has steered itself to within touching distance of Europe despite scoring fewer goals than 14 other Premier League teams. Burnley surprised Chelsea on the opening day Credit: REUTERS The first scribbles of the writing on Chelsea's wall where made all the way back on a sun-drenched opening day at Stamford Bridge, where Burnley were 3-0 up at half-time, and two men up at full-time. Another win for them tonight - a sixth in a row, to boot - wouldn't be anywhere near as much of a shock. That, again, says it all about both managers' seasons.
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9:29PM 87 min Zappacosta heads over after Hazard orchestrates another patient Chelsea attack. Sean Dyche rolls the dice by bringing on Nahki Wells for Aaron Lennon. 9:25PM 84 min Change for Chelsea: off goes Emerson, who's been quite decent in deputising for Alonso, and on comes Davide Zappacosta. 9:23PM 81 min Hazard feeds Giroud on his left foot, but Tarkowski stays tight to block for a corner. Hazard spots Pedro lurking on the edge of the box, but the sidefooted shot is blocked. 9:21PM 78 min Bakayoko is gently chopped down by Kevin Long while in full flow. Chelsea use the free kick conservatively, Moses gets down the right, but his cut-back is dealt with. 9:18PM 76 min Hazard tries to walk his way through a wall of claret-and-blue. Meanwhile, Morata continues to seethe on the Chelsea bench, probably directed more at himself than anything else. 9:13PM 72 min Burnley swap: Chris Wood off, Sam Vokes on. Like. For. Like. 9:12PM 71 min Chelsea make their change: off goes Morata - 50% relief, 50% shame - and on comes Eden Hazard. Morata takes some flak off the home fans and responds with a harmless flail of the arm. 9:10PM GOAL! Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 (Moses 69 min) Emerson hits a shot straight at Pope! That, at least, reminded us that Emerson is still playing. Good game, this. Shortly after that, Emerson's cross evades everyone except Victor Moses, who laces it in at the near post! Burnley 1 - 2 Chelsea (Victor Moses, 69 min) 9:08PM 67 min That will hasten the introduction of Chelsea's main men, you would think. 9:06PM GOAL! Burnley 1 (Barnes 64 min) Chelsea 1 Hello! And that's the good fortune the home side needed! Gudmundsson lets fly from 25 yards, Ashley Barnes simply stands there, the ball flicks off his heel and Courtois hasn't got an earthly. Start ruing that Morata chance, Chelsea... 9:04PM 64 min Burnley are pushing up, leaving space to exploit. If Conte wants to risk one or both of Hazard or Willian - both are warming up - they'll surely make hay here. 9:03PM 63 min Chelsea launch another counter, making full use of Pedro's quick feet and brain, but Moses slaps his shot from an angle straight at Pope. 9:02PM 61 min Giroud goes down shrieking in agony after a clash with Tarkowski, but the referee sees nothing untoward from the already-booked Burnley defender. Giroud gets some hearty Lancashire boos for his trouble. 9:00PM 58 min Pedro's turn to race into Burnley territory next, but Gudmundsson tracks him all the way. Chelsea now have a missed chance to potentially rue, no doubt about it - it's Burnley's job to make it happen. 8:57PM 55 min CHANCE! Alvaro Morata, my goodness. Kante breaks up a Burnley attack, slides a perfect pass into the Spaniard's path. Morata carries the ball 40 yards, Pope stays at home...and the ball is sidefooted wide. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 55 min) 8:54PM 53 min Cesc Fabregas looks ready to go for a little stretch down the Turf Moor touchline. Perhaps that killer ball through the middle is what Chelsea have lacked so far, but the need isn't urgent. At the other end, Cahill slips! That allows Barnes to pounce, but Cahill slides in to rescue the situation. 8:51PM 50 min Chelsea patiently wait for Giroud or Morata to present themselves up front. The former makes space for a shot on the edge of the box, but it's blocked. 8:49PM 47 min Both sides give the ball away cheaply in the early second-half exchanges, which does little to turn down the volume from their respective managers. 8:46PM We go again... Burnley get the second half going at Turf Moor - no changes to report for either side at the break... 8:43PM Top of the shots: Burnley vs Chelsea shots on goal 8:31PM Half time: Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 Good work from a 3-5-2 Chelsea there but can they kill this off and avoid some unnecessary sweating in the second half? We'll find out soon, but Burnley will come out fighting. 8:29PM 44 min An ironic cheer from the home faithful as they finally witness a decision going their way, but that's a minor victory in a half that's been mostly Chelsea's. 8:25PM 40 min Space opens up in front of N'Golo Kante, and he obliges by zipping forward and curling a shot over the Burnley crossbar. Chelsea ending the half stronger. 8:22PM 37 min Old news, but: Bakayoko is just not good. Another of Chelsea's logical-looking signings who needs a good pre-season under his belt, I think. 8:18PM 33 min Chance! Kante plays the Fabregas role, feeds Giroud, who in turn slides in Morata, but Pope is out quickly to make sure the no.9 can't flick it over him. Corner, which again is no bother for Burnley. 8:15PM 31 min Half-chance for Burnley! Matt Lowton pokes a hopeful cross into the Chelsea box, but Ashley Barnes can't stretch enough to do the same and trouble Courtois. Burnley having a nice mini-spell here, though... 8:13PM 28 min Giroud very much the link-man of the Chelsea front two, which makes sense given his velvet lay-offs and Morata's relative pace. Speaking of which, he's tugged down by James Tarkowski on the edge of the box - yellow card. Pedro stands over the free kick over to the left...but he clips it wide of the near post in an attempt to catch Pope out. 8:07PM 23 min Chelsea looking happy enough so far - their new system is starting to find useful pockets of space, while Burnley are yet to muster a shot at the right end. 8:05PM GOAL! Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 (Long og, 20 min) Well! Gary Cahill pings a crossfield ball for Moses to run on to. He tries to clip a cross to Giroud, but Kevin Long gets there first...to bundle the ball past his own keeper! 8:01PM 16 min Chelsea work the ball in from the left, using Giroud as a capable wall to feed Pedro, but he awkwardly sidefoots a volley into Row Z. 7:59PM 14 min Chelsea are making good use of Thibaut Courtois' catapult of a left foot which, although not Ederson-like, has some long-range capability. Barnes and Wood, meanwhile, continue to hare after the ball in behind the Chelsea back three. 7:56PM 11 min Morata's through! He latches on to a Giroud flick, but he takes an inexplicable extra touch that turns a tight angle into an impossible one - Nick Pope gets a toe to the ball to help it on its way for a corner, which Burnley handle with ease. 7:54PM 8 min Azpilicueta slides in Giroud, who is losing the footrace with Kevin Long, and tumbles over looking for a penalty. Referee Bobby Madley is truly, deeply unmoved. 7:52PM 7 min First glimpse of Chelsea's Plan A: Giroud clips the ball out to Emerson on the left. His cross is a tasty-looking one, but a Burnley head glances it away. 7:50PM 5 min Burnley free kick, out wide on the right. Johann Berg Gudmundsson swings it in, there's some muted appeals for a Chelsea handball, but it's hacked clear by the visitors. 7:49PM 4 min Chelsea, without their A-list ball-carriers, are already happy to ping the ball long to the heads of Morata and Giroud. Burnley, meanwhile, are looking to exploit the channels to find Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. 7:47PM 2 min Burnley get the early touches of the ball on their carpet of a playing surface. It's a good 90 seconds before a Chelsea boot finally gets to a pass first. 7:45PM Kick off! We're off and running at Turf Moor, where I am obliged by accepted wisdom to say it's a perfect evening for football...despite the glorious sunshine being in at least 10,000 people's eyes. Chelsea are in their change colours of very-slightly-off-white. 7:38PM Dyche's pre-match rallying cry: "We've kept it simple for a long time, the next game is the most important one, and that's kept us focused on what's right in front of us. We've been more flexible this season; having two strikers gives you a better goal threat but you've got to have that defensive balance as well, and we've found that in the last few games" 7:35PM Conte speaks: "It's always a good opportunity when you get the chance to play - to show you deserve the chance to play more often. That's what the players need to show me. This is the first time we've had the opportunity to play with two strikers, and tonight I hope to see a good game, and a good link between Morata and Giroud" 7:26PM Counting on Conte? Antonio Conte takes charge of his 100th Chelsea game (all comps), tonight. He’s the 3rd Chelsea manager to reach that milestone under the 15-year ownership of Roman Abramovich, after Jose Mourinho (321 over 2 spells) & Carlo Ancelotti (109) #PLpic.twitter.com/HqQ14HAAd5— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 19, 2018 It's a bit of a shame that Chelsea managers have such a limited lifespan. Some will argue their short-termist model has worked well enough in terms of trophies, but you sense their luck might be running out there. As they lifted the Premier League trophy almost a year ago, the plan wasn't to be England's fifth-best team by a distance. 7:23PM Victor Moses speaks: "We know what a hard game this is going to be. They gave us a tough game here last season and it's always difficult coming to Turf Moor. We have to believe." Moses and, on the other flank, Palmieri will be key for Chelsea, seeing as they have Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata to aim at in the middle. In the absence of Willian and Hazard from the start, only Pedro will be scheming in behind. 7:11PM Conte: Dyche's job "is more simple" than managing Chelsea Antonio Conte, it seems, won't be in the Premier League next season, so the pressure's off as far as his press-conference sentiments are concerned. Ahead of this one, he claimed that Sean Dyche's job is easier than his. In fairness, Conte was happy to explain himself: “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” Conte's future remains unclear Credit: CHELSEA FC Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” 7:01PM Barkley's back Ross Barkley is among the Chelsea substitutes Credit: AFP Having overcome his latest hamstring injury, Ross Barkley is again among the Chelsea subs tonight. It looks a proper pre-season is his target, after which Chelsea might have a bargain on their hands. As it stands, though, he's something of a curious, peripheral figure. 6:48PM Team news! TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ChelseaFC at Turf Moor tonight. pic.twitter.com/mHxcka3j5g— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 19, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson, Pedro, Morata, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Willian, Hazard. #BURCHEpic.twitter.com/IIYdnl805P— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 19, 2018 Two big strikers for Chelsea! It's like the 1990s! Meanwhile, there's a return for the much-maligned Tiemoue Bakayoko and a start - in place of the suspended Marcos Alonso - for Emerson Palmieri, signed from Roma for around £18m in January. Eden Hazard, wrapped in cotton wool, is on the bench. Burnley are unchanged, in the sense that they'll be rock solid. 6:42PM The Race for Fifth? Few might have predicted that here, in the middle of April, Chelsea would be heading to Turf Moor with their league season effectively shelved - albeit with an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to - and with Burnley breathing down their necks to be the among the best of the rest, outside of the Champions League places. That says as much about their latest limp title defence as it does of Sean Dyche's tight ship, which has steered itself to within touching distance of Europe despite scoring fewer goals than 14 other Premier League teams. Burnley surprised Chelsea on the opening day Credit: REUTERS The first scribbles of the writing on Chelsea's wall where made all the way back on a sun-drenched opening day at Stamford Bridge, where Burnley were 3-0 up at half-time, and two men up at full-time. Another win for them tonight - a sixth in a row, to boot - wouldn't be anywhere near as much of a shock. That, again, says it all about both managers' seasons.
9:29PM 87 min Zappacosta heads over after Hazard orchestrates another patient Chelsea attack. Sean Dyche rolls the dice by bringing on Nahki Wells for Aaron Lennon. 9:25PM 84 min Change for Chelsea: off goes Emerson, who's been quite decent in deputising for Alonso, and on comes Davide Zappacosta. 9:23PM 81 min Hazard feeds Giroud on his left foot, but Tarkowski stays tight to block for a corner. Hazard spots Pedro lurking on the edge of the box, but the sidefooted shot is blocked. 9:21PM 78 min Bakayoko is gently chopped down by Kevin Long while in full flow. Chelsea use the free kick conservatively, Moses gets down the right, but his cut-back is dealt with. 9:18PM 76 min Hazard tries to walk his way through a wall of claret-and-blue. Meanwhile, Morata continues to seethe on the Chelsea bench, probably directed more at himself than anything else. 9:13PM 72 min Burnley swap: Chris Wood off, Sam Vokes on. Like. For. Like. 9:12PM 71 min Chelsea make their change: off goes Morata - 50% relief, 50% shame - and on comes Eden Hazard. Morata takes some flak off the home fans and responds with a harmless flail of the arm. 9:10PM GOAL! Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 (Moses 69 min) Emerson hits a shot straight at Pope! That, at least, reminded us that Emerson is still playing. Good game, this. Shortly after that, Emerson's cross evades everyone except Victor Moses, who laces it in at the near post! Burnley 1 - 2 Chelsea (Victor Moses, 69 min) 9:08PM 67 min That will hasten the introduction of Chelsea's main men, you would think. 9:06PM GOAL! Burnley 1 (Barnes 64 min) Chelsea 1 Hello! And that's the good fortune the home side needed! Gudmundsson lets fly from 25 yards, Ashley Barnes simply stands there, the ball flicks off his heel and Courtois hasn't got an earthly. Start ruing that Morata chance, Chelsea... 9:04PM 64 min Burnley are pushing up, leaving space to exploit. If Conte wants to risk one or both of Hazard or Willian - both are warming up - they'll surely make hay here. 9:03PM 63 min Chelsea launch another counter, making full use of Pedro's quick feet and brain, but Moses slaps his shot from an angle straight at Pope. 9:02PM 61 min Giroud goes down shrieking in agony after a clash with Tarkowski, but the referee sees nothing untoward from the already-booked Burnley defender. Giroud gets some hearty Lancashire boos for his trouble. 9:00PM 58 min Pedro's turn to race into Burnley territory next, but Gudmundsson tracks him all the way. Chelsea now have a missed chance to potentially rue, no doubt about it - it's Burnley's job to make it happen. 8:57PM 55 min CHANCE! Alvaro Morata, my goodness. Kante breaks up a Burnley attack, slides a perfect pass into the Spaniard's path. Morata carries the ball 40 yards, Pope stays at home...and the ball is sidefooted wide. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 55 min) 8:54PM 53 min Cesc Fabregas looks ready to go for a little stretch down the Turf Moor touchline. Perhaps that killer ball through the middle is what Chelsea have lacked so far, but the need isn't urgent. At the other end, Cahill slips! That allows Barnes to pounce, but Cahill slides in to rescue the situation. 8:51PM 50 min Chelsea patiently wait for Giroud or Morata to present themselves up front. The former makes space for a shot on the edge of the box, but it's blocked. 8:49PM 47 min Both sides give the ball away cheaply in the early second-half exchanges, which does little to turn down the volume from their respective managers. 8:46PM We go again... Burnley get the second half going at Turf Moor - no changes to report for either side at the break... 8:43PM Top of the shots: Burnley vs Chelsea shots on goal 8:31PM Half time: Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 Good work from a 3-5-2 Chelsea there but can they kill this off and avoid some unnecessary sweating in the second half? We'll find out soon, but Burnley will come out fighting. 8:29PM 44 min An ironic cheer from the home faithful as they finally witness a decision going their way, but that's a minor victory in a half that's been mostly Chelsea's. 8:25PM 40 min Space opens up in front of N'Golo Kante, and he obliges by zipping forward and curling a shot over the Burnley crossbar. Chelsea ending the half stronger. 8:22PM 37 min Old news, but: Bakayoko is just not good. Another of Chelsea's logical-looking signings who needs a good pre-season under his belt, I think. 8:18PM 33 min Chance! Kante plays the Fabregas role, feeds Giroud, who in turn slides in Morata, but Pope is out quickly to make sure the no.9 can't flick it over him. Corner, which again is no bother for Burnley. 8:15PM 31 min Half-chance for Burnley! Matt Lowton pokes a hopeful cross into the Chelsea box, but Ashley Barnes can't stretch enough to do the same and trouble Courtois. Burnley having a nice mini-spell here, though... 8:13PM 28 min Giroud very much the link-man of the Chelsea front two, which makes sense given his velvet lay-offs and Morata's relative pace. Speaking of which, he's tugged down by James Tarkowski on the edge of the box - yellow card. Pedro stands over the free kick over to the left...but he clips it wide of the near post in an attempt to catch Pope out. 8:07PM 23 min Chelsea looking happy enough so far - their new system is starting to find useful pockets of space, while Burnley are yet to muster a shot at the right end. 8:05PM GOAL! Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 (Long og, 20 min) Well! Gary Cahill pings a crossfield ball for Moses to run on to. He tries to clip a cross to Giroud, but Kevin Long gets there first...to bundle the ball past his own keeper! 8:01PM 16 min Chelsea work the ball in from the left, using Giroud as a capable wall to feed Pedro, but he awkwardly sidefoots a volley into Row Z. 7:59PM 14 min Chelsea are making good use of Thibaut Courtois' catapult of a left foot which, although not Ederson-like, has some long-range capability. Barnes and Wood, meanwhile, continue to hare after the ball in behind the Chelsea back three. 7:56PM 11 min Morata's through! He latches on to a Giroud flick, but he takes an inexplicable extra touch that turns a tight angle into an impossible one - Nick Pope gets a toe to the ball to help it on its way for a corner, which Burnley handle with ease. 7:54PM 8 min Azpilicueta slides in Giroud, who is losing the footrace with Kevin Long, and tumbles over looking for a penalty. Referee Bobby Madley is truly, deeply unmoved. 7:52PM 7 min First glimpse of Chelsea's Plan A: Giroud clips the ball out to Emerson on the left. His cross is a tasty-looking one, but a Burnley head glances it away. 7:50PM 5 min Burnley free kick, out wide on the right. Johann Berg Gudmundsson swings it in, there's some muted appeals for a Chelsea handball, but it's hacked clear by the visitors. 7:49PM 4 min Chelsea, without their A-list ball-carriers, are already happy to ping the ball long to the heads of Morata and Giroud. Burnley, meanwhile, are looking to exploit the channels to find Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. 7:47PM 2 min Burnley get the early touches of the ball on their carpet of a playing surface. It's a good 90 seconds before a Chelsea boot finally gets to a pass first. 7:45PM Kick off! We're off and running at Turf Moor, where I am obliged by accepted wisdom to say it's a perfect evening for football...despite the glorious sunshine being in at least 10,000 people's eyes. Chelsea are in their change colours of very-slightly-off-white. 7:38PM Dyche's pre-match rallying cry: "We've kept it simple for a long time, the next game is the most important one, and that's kept us focused on what's right in front of us. We've been more flexible this season; having two strikers gives you a better goal threat but you've got to have that defensive balance as well, and we've found that in the last few games" 7:35PM Conte speaks: "It's always a good opportunity when you get the chance to play - to show you deserve the chance to play more often. That's what the players need to show me. This is the first time we've had the opportunity to play with two strikers, and tonight I hope to see a good game, and a good link between Morata and Giroud" 7:26PM Counting on Conte? Antonio Conte takes charge of his 100th Chelsea game (all comps), tonight. He’s the 3rd Chelsea manager to reach that milestone under the 15-year ownership of Roman Abramovich, after Jose Mourinho (321 over 2 spells) & Carlo Ancelotti (109) #PLpic.twitter.com/HqQ14HAAd5— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 19, 2018 It's a bit of a shame that Chelsea managers have such a limited lifespan. Some will argue their short-termist model has worked well enough in terms of trophies, but you sense their luck might be running out there. As they lifted the Premier League trophy almost a year ago, the plan wasn't to be England's fifth-best team by a distance. 7:23PM Victor Moses speaks: "We know what a hard game this is going to be. They gave us a tough game here last season and it's always difficult coming to Turf Moor. We have to believe." Moses and, on the other flank, Palmieri will be key for Chelsea, seeing as they have Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata to aim at in the middle. In the absence of Willian and Hazard from the start, only Pedro will be scheming in behind. 7:11PM Conte: Dyche's job "is more simple" than managing Chelsea Antonio Conte, it seems, won't be in the Premier League next season, so the pressure's off as far as his press-conference sentiments are concerned. Ahead of this one, he claimed that Sean Dyche's job is easier than his. In fairness, Conte was happy to explain himself: “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” Conte's future remains unclear Credit: CHELSEA FC Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” 7:01PM Barkley's back Ross Barkley is among the Chelsea substitutes Credit: AFP Having overcome his latest hamstring injury, Ross Barkley is again among the Chelsea subs tonight. It looks a proper pre-season is his target, after which Chelsea might have a bargain on their hands. As it stands, though, he's something of a curious, peripheral figure. 6:48PM Team news! TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ChelseaFC at Turf Moor tonight. pic.twitter.com/mHxcka3j5g— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 19, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson, Pedro, Morata, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Willian, Hazard. #BURCHEpic.twitter.com/IIYdnl805P— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 19, 2018 Two big strikers for Chelsea! It's like the 1990s! Meanwhile, there's a return for the much-maligned Tiemoue Bakayoko and a start - in place of the suspended Marcos Alonso - for Emerson Palmieri, signed from Roma for around £18m in January. Eden Hazard, wrapped in cotton wool, is on the bench. Burnley are unchanged, in the sense that they'll be rock solid. 6:42PM The Race for Fifth? Few might have predicted that here, in the middle of April, Chelsea would be heading to Turf Moor with their league season effectively shelved - albeit with an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to - and with Burnley breathing down their necks to be the among the best of the rest, outside of the Champions League places. That says as much about their latest limp title defence as it does of Sean Dyche's tight ship, which has steered itself to within touching distance of Europe despite scoring fewer goals than 14 other Premier League teams. Burnley surprised Chelsea on the opening day Credit: REUTERS The first scribbles of the writing on Chelsea's wall where made all the way back on a sun-drenched opening day at Stamford Bridge, where Burnley were 3-0 up at half-time, and two men up at full-time. Another win for them tonight - a sixth in a row, to boot - wouldn't be anywhere near as much of a shock. That, again, says it all about both managers' seasons.
Burnley vs Chelsea: live Premier League score updates
9:29PM 87 min Zappacosta heads over after Hazard orchestrates another patient Chelsea attack. Sean Dyche rolls the dice by bringing on Nahki Wells for Aaron Lennon. 9:25PM 84 min Change for Chelsea: off goes Emerson, who's been quite decent in deputising for Alonso, and on comes Davide Zappacosta. 9:23PM 81 min Hazard feeds Giroud on his left foot, but Tarkowski stays tight to block for a corner. Hazard spots Pedro lurking on the edge of the box, but the sidefooted shot is blocked. 9:21PM 78 min Bakayoko is gently chopped down by Kevin Long while in full flow. Chelsea use the free kick conservatively, Moses gets down the right, but his cut-back is dealt with. 9:18PM 76 min Hazard tries to walk his way through a wall of claret-and-blue. Meanwhile, Morata continues to seethe on the Chelsea bench, probably directed more at himself than anything else. 9:13PM 72 min Burnley swap: Chris Wood off, Sam Vokes on. Like. For. Like. 9:12PM 71 min Chelsea make their change: off goes Morata - 50% relief, 50% shame - and on comes Eden Hazard. Morata takes some flak off the home fans and responds with a harmless flail of the arm. 9:10PM GOAL! Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 (Moses 69 min) Emerson hits a shot straight at Pope! That, at least, reminded us that Emerson is still playing. Good game, this. Shortly after that, Emerson's cross evades everyone except Victor Moses, who laces it in at the near post! Burnley 1 - 2 Chelsea (Victor Moses, 69 min) 9:08PM 67 min That will hasten the introduction of Chelsea's main men, you would think. 9:06PM GOAL! Burnley 1 (Barnes 64 min) Chelsea 1 Hello! And that's the good fortune the home side needed! Gudmundsson lets fly from 25 yards, Ashley Barnes simply stands there, the ball flicks off his heel and Courtois hasn't got an earthly. Start ruing that Morata chance, Chelsea... 9:04PM 64 min Burnley are pushing up, leaving space to exploit. If Conte wants to risk one or both of Hazard or Willian - both are warming up - they'll surely make hay here. 9:03PM 63 min Chelsea launch another counter, making full use of Pedro's quick feet and brain, but Moses slaps his shot from an angle straight at Pope. 9:02PM 61 min Giroud goes down shrieking in agony after a clash with Tarkowski, but the referee sees nothing untoward from the already-booked Burnley defender. Giroud gets some hearty Lancashire boos for his trouble. 9:00PM 58 min Pedro's turn to race into Burnley territory next, but Gudmundsson tracks him all the way. Chelsea now have a missed chance to potentially rue, no doubt about it - it's Burnley's job to make it happen. 8:57PM 55 min CHANCE! Alvaro Morata, my goodness. Kante breaks up a Burnley attack, slides a perfect pass into the Spaniard's path. Morata carries the ball 40 yards, Pope stays at home...and the ball is sidefooted wide. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 55 min) 8:54PM 53 min Cesc Fabregas looks ready to go for a little stretch down the Turf Moor touchline. Perhaps that killer ball through the middle is what Chelsea have lacked so far, but the need isn't urgent. At the other end, Cahill slips! That allows Barnes to pounce, but Cahill slides in to rescue the situation. 8:51PM 50 min Chelsea patiently wait for Giroud or Morata to present themselves up front. The former makes space for a shot on the edge of the box, but it's blocked. 8:49PM 47 min Both sides give the ball away cheaply in the early second-half exchanges, which does little to turn down the volume from their respective managers. 8:46PM We go again... Burnley get the second half going at Turf Moor - no changes to report for either side at the break... 8:43PM Top of the shots: Burnley vs Chelsea shots on goal 8:31PM Half time: Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 Good work from a 3-5-2 Chelsea there but can they kill this off and avoid some unnecessary sweating in the second half? We'll find out soon, but Burnley will come out fighting. 8:29PM 44 min An ironic cheer from the home faithful as they finally witness a decision going their way, but that's a minor victory in a half that's been mostly Chelsea's. 8:25PM 40 min Space opens up in front of N'Golo Kante, and he obliges by zipping forward and curling a shot over the Burnley crossbar. Chelsea ending the half stronger. 8:22PM 37 min Old news, but: Bakayoko is just not good. Another of Chelsea's logical-looking signings who needs a good pre-season under his belt, I think. 8:18PM 33 min Chance! Kante plays the Fabregas role, feeds Giroud, who in turn slides in Morata, but Pope is out quickly to make sure the no.9 can't flick it over him. Corner, which again is no bother for Burnley. 8:15PM 31 min Half-chance for Burnley! Matt Lowton pokes a hopeful cross into the Chelsea box, but Ashley Barnes can't stretch enough to do the same and trouble Courtois. Burnley having a nice mini-spell here, though... 8:13PM 28 min Giroud very much the link-man of the Chelsea front two, which makes sense given his velvet lay-offs and Morata's relative pace. Speaking of which, he's tugged down by James Tarkowski on the edge of the box - yellow card. Pedro stands over the free kick over to the left...but he clips it wide of the near post in an attempt to catch Pope out. 8:07PM 23 min Chelsea looking happy enough so far - their new system is starting to find useful pockets of space, while Burnley are yet to muster a shot at the right end. 8:05PM GOAL! Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 (Long og, 20 min) Well! Gary Cahill pings a crossfield ball for Moses to run on to. He tries to clip a cross to Giroud, but Kevin Long gets there first...to bundle the ball past his own keeper! 8:01PM 16 min Chelsea work the ball in from the left, using Giroud as a capable wall to feed Pedro, but he awkwardly sidefoots a volley into Row Z. 7:59PM 14 min Chelsea are making good use of Thibaut Courtois' catapult of a left foot which, although not Ederson-like, has some long-range capability. Barnes and Wood, meanwhile, continue to hare after the ball in behind the Chelsea back three. 7:56PM 11 min Morata's through! He latches on to a Giroud flick, but he takes an inexplicable extra touch that turns a tight angle into an impossible one - Nick Pope gets a toe to the ball to help it on its way for a corner, which Burnley handle with ease. 7:54PM 8 min Azpilicueta slides in Giroud, who is losing the footrace with Kevin Long, and tumbles over looking for a penalty. Referee Bobby Madley is truly, deeply unmoved. 7:52PM 7 min First glimpse of Chelsea's Plan A: Giroud clips the ball out to Emerson on the left. His cross is a tasty-looking one, but a Burnley head glances it away. 7:50PM 5 min Burnley free kick, out wide on the right. Johann Berg Gudmundsson swings it in, there's some muted appeals for a Chelsea handball, but it's hacked clear by the visitors. 7:49PM 4 min Chelsea, without their A-list ball-carriers, are already happy to ping the ball long to the heads of Morata and Giroud. Burnley, meanwhile, are looking to exploit the channels to find Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. 7:47PM 2 min Burnley get the early touches of the ball on their carpet of a playing surface. It's a good 90 seconds before a Chelsea boot finally gets to a pass first. 7:45PM Kick off! We're off and running at Turf Moor, where I am obliged by accepted wisdom to say it's a perfect evening for football...despite the glorious sunshine being in at least 10,000 people's eyes. Chelsea are in their change colours of very-slightly-off-white. 7:38PM Dyche's pre-match rallying cry: "We've kept it simple for a long time, the next game is the most important one, and that's kept us focused on what's right in front of us. We've been more flexible this season; having two strikers gives you a better goal threat but you've got to have that defensive balance as well, and we've found that in the last few games" 7:35PM Conte speaks: "It's always a good opportunity when you get the chance to play - to show you deserve the chance to play more often. That's what the players need to show me. This is the first time we've had the opportunity to play with two strikers, and tonight I hope to see a good game, and a good link between Morata and Giroud" 7:26PM Counting on Conte? Antonio Conte takes charge of his 100th Chelsea game (all comps), tonight. He’s the 3rd Chelsea manager to reach that milestone under the 15-year ownership of Roman Abramovich, after Jose Mourinho (321 over 2 spells) & Carlo Ancelotti (109) #PLpic.twitter.com/HqQ14HAAd5— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 19, 2018 It's a bit of a shame that Chelsea managers have such a limited lifespan. Some will argue their short-termist model has worked well enough in terms of trophies, but you sense their luck might be running out there. As they lifted the Premier League trophy almost a year ago, the plan wasn't to be England's fifth-best team by a distance. 7:23PM Victor Moses speaks: "We know what a hard game this is going to be. They gave us a tough game here last season and it's always difficult coming to Turf Moor. We have to believe." Moses and, on the other flank, Palmieri will be key for Chelsea, seeing as they have Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata to aim at in the middle. In the absence of Willian and Hazard from the start, only Pedro will be scheming in behind. 7:11PM Conte: Dyche's job "is more simple" than managing Chelsea Antonio Conte, it seems, won't be in the Premier League next season, so the pressure's off as far as his press-conference sentiments are concerned. Ahead of this one, he claimed that Sean Dyche's job is easier than his. In fairness, Conte was happy to explain himself: “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” Conte's future remains unclear Credit: CHELSEA FC Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” 7:01PM Barkley's back Ross Barkley is among the Chelsea substitutes Credit: AFP Having overcome his latest hamstring injury, Ross Barkley is again among the Chelsea subs tonight. It looks a proper pre-season is his target, after which Chelsea might have a bargain on their hands. As it stands, though, he's something of a curious, peripheral figure. 6:48PM Team news! TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ChelseaFC at Turf Moor tonight. pic.twitter.com/mHxcka3j5g— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 19, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson, Pedro, Morata, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Willian, Hazard. #BURCHEpic.twitter.com/IIYdnl805P— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 19, 2018 Two big strikers for Chelsea! It's like the 1990s! Meanwhile, there's a return for the much-maligned Tiemoue Bakayoko and a start - in place of the suspended Marcos Alonso - for Emerson Palmieri, signed from Roma for around £18m in January. Eden Hazard, wrapped in cotton wool, is on the bench. Burnley are unchanged, in the sense that they'll be rock solid. 6:42PM The Race for Fifth? Few might have predicted that here, in the middle of April, Chelsea would be heading to Turf Moor with their league season effectively shelved - albeit with an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to - and with Burnley breathing down their necks to be the among the best of the rest, outside of the Champions League places. That says as much about their latest limp title defence as it does of Sean Dyche's tight ship, which has steered itself to within touching distance of Europe despite scoring fewer goals than 14 other Premier League teams. Burnley surprised Chelsea on the opening day Credit: REUTERS The first scribbles of the writing on Chelsea's wall where made all the way back on a sun-drenched opening day at Stamford Bridge, where Burnley were 3-0 up at half-time, and two men up at full-time. Another win for them tonight - a sixth in a row, to boot - wouldn't be anywhere near as much of a shock. That, again, says it all about both managers' seasons.
9:29PM 87 min Zappacosta heads over after Hazard orchestrates another patient Chelsea attack. Sean Dyche rolls the dice by bringing on Nahki Wells for Aaron Lennon. 9:25PM 84 min Change for Chelsea: off goes Emerson, who's been quite decent in deputising for Alonso, and on comes Davide Zappacosta. 9:23PM 81 min Hazard feeds Giroud on his left foot, but Tarkowski stays tight to block for a corner. Hazard spots Pedro lurking on the edge of the box, but the sidefooted shot is blocked. 9:21PM 78 min Bakayoko is gently chopped down by Kevin Long while in full flow. Chelsea use the free kick conservatively, Moses gets down the right, but his cut-back is dealt with. 9:18PM 76 min Hazard tries to walk his way through a wall of claret-and-blue. Meanwhile, Morata continues to seethe on the Chelsea bench, probably directed more at himself than anything else. 9:13PM 72 min Burnley swap: Chris Wood off, Sam Vokes on. Like. For. Like. 9:12PM 71 min Chelsea make their change: off goes Morata - 50% relief, 50% shame - and on comes Eden Hazard. Morata takes some flak off the home fans and responds with a harmless flail of the arm. 9:10PM GOAL! Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 (Moses 69 min) Emerson hits a shot straight at Pope! That, at least, reminded us that Emerson is still playing. Good game, this. Shortly after that, Emerson's cross evades everyone except Victor Moses, who laces it in at the near post! Burnley 1 - 2 Chelsea (Victor Moses, 69 min) 9:08PM 67 min That will hasten the introduction of Chelsea's main men, you would think. 9:06PM GOAL! Burnley 1 (Barnes 64 min) Chelsea 1 Hello! And that's the good fortune the home side needed! Gudmundsson lets fly from 25 yards, Ashley Barnes simply stands there, the ball flicks off his heel and Courtois hasn't got an earthly. Start ruing that Morata chance, Chelsea... 9:04PM 64 min Burnley are pushing up, leaving space to exploit. If Conte wants to risk one or both of Hazard or Willian - both are warming up - they'll surely make hay here. 9:03PM 63 min Chelsea launch another counter, making full use of Pedro's quick feet and brain, but Moses slaps his shot from an angle straight at Pope. 9:02PM 61 min Giroud goes down shrieking in agony after a clash with Tarkowski, but the referee sees nothing untoward from the already-booked Burnley defender. Giroud gets some hearty Lancashire boos for his trouble. 9:00PM 58 min Pedro's turn to race into Burnley territory next, but Gudmundsson tracks him all the way. Chelsea now have a missed chance to potentially rue, no doubt about it - it's Burnley's job to make it happen. 8:57PM 55 min CHANCE! Alvaro Morata, my goodness. Kante breaks up a Burnley attack, slides a perfect pass into the Spaniard's path. Morata carries the ball 40 yards, Pope stays at home...and the ball is sidefooted wide. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 55 min) 8:54PM 53 min Cesc Fabregas looks ready to go for a little stretch down the Turf Moor touchline. Perhaps that killer ball through the middle is what Chelsea have lacked so far, but the need isn't urgent. At the other end, Cahill slips! That allows Barnes to pounce, but Cahill slides in to rescue the situation. 8:51PM 50 min Chelsea patiently wait for Giroud or Morata to present themselves up front. The former makes space for a shot on the edge of the box, but it's blocked. 8:49PM 47 min Both sides give the ball away cheaply in the early second-half exchanges, which does little to turn down the volume from their respective managers. 8:46PM We go again... Burnley get the second half going at Turf Moor - no changes to report for either side at the break... 8:43PM Top of the shots: Burnley vs Chelsea shots on goal 8:31PM Half time: Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 Good work from a 3-5-2 Chelsea there but can they kill this off and avoid some unnecessary sweating in the second half? We'll find out soon, but Burnley will come out fighting. 8:29PM 44 min An ironic cheer from the home faithful as they finally witness a decision going their way, but that's a minor victory in a half that's been mostly Chelsea's. 8:25PM 40 min Space opens up in front of N'Golo Kante, and he obliges by zipping forward and curling a shot over the Burnley crossbar. Chelsea ending the half stronger. 8:22PM 37 min Old news, but: Bakayoko is just not good. Another of Chelsea's logical-looking signings who needs a good pre-season under his belt, I think. 8:18PM 33 min Chance! Kante plays the Fabregas role, feeds Giroud, who in turn slides in Morata, but Pope is out quickly to make sure the no.9 can't flick it over him. Corner, which again is no bother for Burnley. 8:15PM 31 min Half-chance for Burnley! Matt Lowton pokes a hopeful cross into the Chelsea box, but Ashley Barnes can't stretch enough to do the same and trouble Courtois. Burnley having a nice mini-spell here, though... 8:13PM 28 min Giroud very much the link-man of the Chelsea front two, which makes sense given his velvet lay-offs and Morata's relative pace. Speaking of which, he's tugged down by James Tarkowski on the edge of the box - yellow card. Pedro stands over the free kick over to the left...but he clips it wide of the near post in an attempt to catch Pope out. 8:07PM 23 min Chelsea looking happy enough so far - their new system is starting to find useful pockets of space, while Burnley are yet to muster a shot at the right end. 8:05PM GOAL! Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 (Long og, 20 min) Well! Gary Cahill pings a crossfield ball for Moses to run on to. He tries to clip a cross to Giroud, but Kevin Long gets there first...to bundle the ball past his own keeper! 8:01PM 16 min Chelsea work the ball in from the left, using Giroud as a capable wall to feed Pedro, but he awkwardly sidefoots a volley into Row Z. 7:59PM 14 min Chelsea are making good use of Thibaut Courtois' catapult of a left foot which, although not Ederson-like, has some long-range capability. Barnes and Wood, meanwhile, continue to hare after the ball in behind the Chelsea back three. 7:56PM 11 min Morata's through! He latches on to a Giroud flick, but he takes an inexplicable extra touch that turns a tight angle into an impossible one - Nick Pope gets a toe to the ball to help it on its way for a corner, which Burnley handle with ease. 7:54PM 8 min Azpilicueta slides in Giroud, who is losing the footrace with Kevin Long, and tumbles over looking for a penalty. Referee Bobby Madley is truly, deeply unmoved. 7:52PM 7 min First glimpse of Chelsea's Plan A: Giroud clips the ball out to Emerson on the left. His cross is a tasty-looking one, but a Burnley head glances it away. 7:50PM 5 min Burnley free kick, out wide on the right. Johann Berg Gudmundsson swings it in, there's some muted appeals for a Chelsea handball, but it's hacked clear by the visitors. 7:49PM 4 min Chelsea, without their A-list ball-carriers, are already happy to ping the ball long to the heads of Morata and Giroud. Burnley, meanwhile, are looking to exploit the channels to find Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. 7:47PM 2 min Burnley get the early touches of the ball on their carpet of a playing surface. It's a good 90 seconds before a Chelsea boot finally gets to a pass first. 7:45PM Kick off! We're off and running at Turf Moor, where I am obliged by accepted wisdom to say it's a perfect evening for football...despite the glorious sunshine being in at least 10,000 people's eyes. Chelsea are in their change colours of very-slightly-off-white. 7:38PM Dyche's pre-match rallying cry: "We've kept it simple for a long time, the next game is the most important one, and that's kept us focused on what's right in front of us. We've been more flexible this season; having two strikers gives you a better goal threat but you've got to have that defensive balance as well, and we've found that in the last few games" 7:35PM Conte speaks: "It's always a good opportunity when you get the chance to play - to show you deserve the chance to play more often. That's what the players need to show me. This is the first time we've had the opportunity to play with two strikers, and tonight I hope to see a good game, and a good link between Morata and Giroud" 7:26PM Counting on Conte? Antonio Conte takes charge of his 100th Chelsea game (all comps), tonight. He’s the 3rd Chelsea manager to reach that milestone under the 15-year ownership of Roman Abramovich, after Jose Mourinho (321 over 2 spells) & Carlo Ancelotti (109) #PLpic.twitter.com/HqQ14HAAd5— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 19, 2018 It's a bit of a shame that Chelsea managers have such a limited lifespan. Some will argue their short-termist model has worked well enough in terms of trophies, but you sense their luck might be running out there. As they lifted the Premier League trophy almost a year ago, the plan wasn't to be England's fifth-best team by a distance. 7:23PM Victor Moses speaks: "We know what a hard game this is going to be. They gave us a tough game here last season and it's always difficult coming to Turf Moor. We have to believe." Moses and, on the other flank, Palmieri will be key for Chelsea, seeing as they have Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata to aim at in the middle. In the absence of Willian and Hazard from the start, only Pedro will be scheming in behind. 7:11PM Conte: Dyche's job "is more simple" than managing Chelsea Antonio Conte, it seems, won't be in the Premier League next season, so the pressure's off as far as his press-conference sentiments are concerned. Ahead of this one, he claimed that Sean Dyche's job is easier than his. In fairness, Conte was happy to explain himself: “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” Conte's future remains unclear Credit: CHELSEA FC Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” 7:01PM Barkley's back Ross Barkley is among the Chelsea substitutes Credit: AFP Having overcome his latest hamstring injury, Ross Barkley is again among the Chelsea subs tonight. It looks a proper pre-season is his target, after which Chelsea might have a bargain on their hands. As it stands, though, he's something of a curious, peripheral figure. 6:48PM Team news! TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ChelseaFC at Turf Moor tonight. pic.twitter.com/mHxcka3j5g— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 19, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson, Pedro, Morata, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Willian, Hazard. #BURCHEpic.twitter.com/IIYdnl805P— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 19, 2018 Two big strikers for Chelsea! It's like the 1990s! Meanwhile, there's a return for the much-maligned Tiemoue Bakayoko and a start - in place of the suspended Marcos Alonso - for Emerson Palmieri, signed from Roma for around £18m in January. Eden Hazard, wrapped in cotton wool, is on the bench. Burnley are unchanged, in the sense that they'll be rock solid. 6:42PM The Race for Fifth? Few might have predicted that here, in the middle of April, Chelsea would be heading to Turf Moor with their league season effectively shelved - albeit with an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to - and with Burnley breathing down their necks to be the among the best of the rest, outside of the Champions League places. That says as much about their latest limp title defence as it does of Sean Dyche's tight ship, which has steered itself to within touching distance of Europe despite scoring fewer goals than 14 other Premier League teams. Burnley surprised Chelsea on the opening day Credit: REUTERS The first scribbles of the writing on Chelsea's wall where made all the way back on a sun-drenched opening day at Stamford Bridge, where Burnley were 3-0 up at half-time, and two men up at full-time. Another win for them tonight - a sixth in a row, to boot - wouldn't be anywhere near as much of a shock. That, again, says it all about both managers' seasons.
Burnley vs Chelsea: live Premier League score updates
9:29PM 87 min Zappacosta heads over after Hazard orchestrates another patient Chelsea attack. Sean Dyche rolls the dice by bringing on Nahki Wells for Aaron Lennon. 9:25PM 84 min Change for Chelsea: off goes Emerson, who's been quite decent in deputising for Alonso, and on comes Davide Zappacosta. 9:23PM 81 min Hazard feeds Giroud on his left foot, but Tarkowski stays tight to block for a corner. Hazard spots Pedro lurking on the edge of the box, but the sidefooted shot is blocked. 9:21PM 78 min Bakayoko is gently chopped down by Kevin Long while in full flow. Chelsea use the free kick conservatively, Moses gets down the right, but his cut-back is dealt with. 9:18PM 76 min Hazard tries to walk his way through a wall of claret-and-blue. Meanwhile, Morata continues to seethe on the Chelsea bench, probably directed more at himself than anything else. 9:13PM 72 min Burnley swap: Chris Wood off, Sam Vokes on. Like. For. Like. 9:12PM 71 min Chelsea make their change: off goes Morata - 50% relief, 50% shame - and on comes Eden Hazard. Morata takes some flak off the home fans and responds with a harmless flail of the arm. 9:10PM GOAL! Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 (Moses 69 min) Emerson hits a shot straight at Pope! That, at least, reminded us that Emerson is still playing. Good game, this. Shortly after that, Emerson's cross evades everyone except Victor Moses, who laces it in at the near post! Burnley 1 - 2 Chelsea (Victor Moses, 69 min) 9:08PM 67 min That will hasten the introduction of Chelsea's main men, you would think. 9:06PM GOAL! Burnley 1 (Barnes 64 min) Chelsea 1 Hello! And that's the good fortune the home side needed! Gudmundsson lets fly from 25 yards, Ashley Barnes simply stands there, the ball flicks off his heel and Courtois hasn't got an earthly. Start ruing that Morata chance, Chelsea... 9:04PM 64 min Burnley are pushing up, leaving space to exploit. If Conte wants to risk one or both of Hazard or Willian - both are warming up - they'll surely make hay here. 9:03PM 63 min Chelsea launch another counter, making full use of Pedro's quick feet and brain, but Moses slaps his shot from an angle straight at Pope. 9:02PM 61 min Giroud goes down shrieking in agony after a clash with Tarkowski, but the referee sees nothing untoward from the already-booked Burnley defender. Giroud gets some hearty Lancashire boos for his trouble. 9:00PM 58 min Pedro's turn to race into Burnley territory next, but Gudmundsson tracks him all the way. Chelsea now have a missed chance to potentially rue, no doubt about it - it's Burnley's job to make it happen. 8:57PM 55 min CHANCE! Alvaro Morata, my goodness. Kante breaks up a Burnley attack, slides a perfect pass into the Spaniard's path. Morata carries the ball 40 yards, Pope stays at home...and the ball is sidefooted wide. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 55 min) 8:54PM 53 min Cesc Fabregas looks ready to go for a little stretch down the Turf Moor touchline. Perhaps that killer ball through the middle is what Chelsea have lacked so far, but the need isn't urgent. At the other end, Cahill slips! That allows Barnes to pounce, but Cahill slides in to rescue the situation. 8:51PM 50 min Chelsea patiently wait for Giroud or Morata to present themselves up front. The former makes space for a shot on the edge of the box, but it's blocked. 8:49PM 47 min Both sides give the ball away cheaply in the early second-half exchanges, which does little to turn down the volume from their respective managers. 8:46PM We go again... Burnley get the second half going at Turf Moor - no changes to report for either side at the break... 8:43PM Top of the shots: Burnley vs Chelsea shots on goal 8:31PM Half time: Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 Good work from a 3-5-2 Chelsea there but can they kill this off and avoid some unnecessary sweating in the second half? We'll find out soon, but Burnley will come out fighting. 8:29PM 44 min An ironic cheer from the home faithful as they finally witness a decision going their way, but that's a minor victory in a half that's been mostly Chelsea's. 8:25PM 40 min Space opens up in front of N'Golo Kante, and he obliges by zipping forward and curling a shot over the Burnley crossbar. Chelsea ending the half stronger. 8:22PM 37 min Old news, but: Bakayoko is just not good. Another of Chelsea's logical-looking signings who needs a good pre-season under his belt, I think. 8:18PM 33 min Chance! Kante plays the Fabregas role, feeds Giroud, who in turn slides in Morata, but Pope is out quickly to make sure the no.9 can't flick it over him. Corner, which again is no bother for Burnley. 8:15PM 31 min Half-chance for Burnley! Matt Lowton pokes a hopeful cross into the Chelsea box, but Ashley Barnes can't stretch enough to do the same and trouble Courtois. Burnley having a nice mini-spell here, though... 8:13PM 28 min Giroud very much the link-man of the Chelsea front two, which makes sense given his velvet lay-offs and Morata's relative pace. Speaking of which, he's tugged down by James Tarkowski on the edge of the box - yellow card. Pedro stands over the free kick over to the left...but he clips it wide of the near post in an attempt to catch Pope out. 8:07PM 23 min Chelsea looking happy enough so far - their new system is starting to find useful pockets of space, while Burnley are yet to muster a shot at the right end. 8:05PM GOAL! Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 (Long og, 20 min) Well! Gary Cahill pings a crossfield ball for Moses to run on to. He tries to clip a cross to Giroud, but Kevin Long gets there first...to bundle the ball past his own keeper! 8:01PM 16 min Chelsea work the ball in from the left, using Giroud as a capable wall to feed Pedro, but he awkwardly sidefoots a volley into Row Z. 7:59PM 14 min Chelsea are making good use of Thibaut Courtois' catapult of a left foot which, although not Ederson-like, has some long-range capability. Barnes and Wood, meanwhile, continue to hare after the ball in behind the Chelsea back three. 7:56PM 11 min Morata's through! He latches on to a Giroud flick, but he takes an inexplicable extra touch that turns a tight angle into an impossible one - Nick Pope gets a toe to the ball to help it on its way for a corner, which Burnley handle with ease. 7:54PM 8 min Azpilicueta slides in Giroud, who is losing the footrace with Kevin Long, and tumbles over looking for a penalty. Referee Bobby Madley is truly, deeply unmoved. 7:52PM 7 min First glimpse of Chelsea's Plan A: Giroud clips the ball out to Emerson on the left. His cross is a tasty-looking one, but a Burnley head glances it away. 7:50PM 5 min Burnley free kick, out wide on the right. Johann Berg Gudmundsson swings it in, there's some muted appeals for a Chelsea handball, but it's hacked clear by the visitors. 7:49PM 4 min Chelsea, without their A-list ball-carriers, are already happy to ping the ball long to the heads of Morata and Giroud. Burnley, meanwhile, are looking to exploit the channels to find Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. 7:47PM 2 min Burnley get the early touches of the ball on their carpet of a playing surface. It's a good 90 seconds before a Chelsea boot finally gets to a pass first. 7:45PM Kick off! We're off and running at Turf Moor, where I am obliged by accepted wisdom to say it's a perfect evening for football...despite the glorious sunshine being in at least 10,000 people's eyes. Chelsea are in their change colours of very-slightly-off-white. 7:38PM Dyche's pre-match rallying cry: "We've kept it simple for a long time, the next game is the most important one, and that's kept us focused on what's right in front of us. We've been more flexible this season; having two strikers gives you a better goal threat but you've got to have that defensive balance as well, and we've found that in the last few games" 7:35PM Conte speaks: "It's always a good opportunity when you get the chance to play - to show you deserve the chance to play more often. That's what the players need to show me. This is the first time we've had the opportunity to play with two strikers, and tonight I hope to see a good game, and a good link between Morata and Giroud" 7:26PM Counting on Conte? Antonio Conte takes charge of his 100th Chelsea game (all comps), tonight. He’s the 3rd Chelsea manager to reach that milestone under the 15-year ownership of Roman Abramovich, after Jose Mourinho (321 over 2 spells) & Carlo Ancelotti (109) #PLpic.twitter.com/HqQ14HAAd5— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 19, 2018 It's a bit of a shame that Chelsea managers have such a limited lifespan. Some will argue their short-termist model has worked well enough in terms of trophies, but you sense their luck might be running out there. As they lifted the Premier League trophy almost a year ago, the plan wasn't to be England's fifth-best team by a distance. 7:23PM Victor Moses speaks: "We know what a hard game this is going to be. They gave us a tough game here last season and it's always difficult coming to Turf Moor. We have to believe." Moses and, on the other flank, Palmieri will be key for Chelsea, seeing as they have Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata to aim at in the middle. In the absence of Willian and Hazard from the start, only Pedro will be scheming in behind. 7:11PM Conte: Dyche's job "is more simple" than managing Chelsea Antonio Conte, it seems, won't be in the Premier League next season, so the pressure's off as far as his press-conference sentiments are concerned. Ahead of this one, he claimed that Sean Dyche's job is easier than his. In fairness, Conte was happy to explain himself: “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” Conte's future remains unclear Credit: CHELSEA FC Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” 7:01PM Barkley's back Ross Barkley is among the Chelsea substitutes Credit: AFP Having overcome his latest hamstring injury, Ross Barkley is again among the Chelsea subs tonight. It looks a proper pre-season is his target, after which Chelsea might have a bargain on their hands. As it stands, though, he's something of a curious, peripheral figure. 6:48PM Team news! TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ChelseaFC at Turf Moor tonight. pic.twitter.com/mHxcka3j5g— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 19, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson, Pedro, Morata, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Willian, Hazard. #BURCHEpic.twitter.com/IIYdnl805P— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 19, 2018 Two big strikers for Chelsea! It's like the 1990s! Meanwhile, there's a return for the much-maligned Tiemoue Bakayoko and a start - in place of the suspended Marcos Alonso - for Emerson Palmieri, signed from Roma for around £18m in January. Eden Hazard, wrapped in cotton wool, is on the bench. Burnley are unchanged, in the sense that they'll be rock solid. 6:42PM The Race for Fifth? Few might have predicted that here, in the middle of April, Chelsea would be heading to Turf Moor with their league season effectively shelved - albeit with an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to - and with Burnley breathing down their necks to be the among the best of the rest, outside of the Champions League places. That says as much about their latest limp title defence as it does of Sean Dyche's tight ship, which has steered itself to within touching distance of Europe despite scoring fewer goals than 14 other Premier League teams. Burnley surprised Chelsea on the opening day Credit: REUTERS The first scribbles of the writing on Chelsea's wall where made all the way back on a sun-drenched opening day at Stamford Bridge, where Burnley were 3-0 up at half-time, and two men up at full-time. Another win for them tonight - a sixth in a row, to boot - wouldn't be anywhere near as much of a shock. That, again, says it all about both managers' seasons.
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2016, file photo, United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings reacts while playing Brazil during the women's beach volleyball bronze medal match of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The five-time Olympian has announced plans for her new beach volleyball circuit that will bring a sports and music festival to eight cities. The p1440 series will open in September in San Jose, California, and then over the next four months visit Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach, California. Four stops in early 2019 are planned, including Chicago; the others were not announced. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2016, file photo, United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings reacts while playing Brazil during the women's beach volleyball bronze medal match of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The five-time Olympian has announced plans for her new beach volleyball circuit that will bring a sports and music festival to eight cities. The p1440 series will open in September in San Jose, California, and then over the next four months visit Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach, California. Four stops in early 2019 are planned, including Chicago; the others were not announced. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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9:23PM 81 min Hazard feeds Giroud on his left foot, but Tarkowski stays tight to block for a corner. Hazard spots Pedro lurking on the edge of the box, but the sidefooted shot is blocked. 9:21PM 78 min Bakayoko is gently chopped down by Kevin Long while in full flow. Chelsea use the free kick conservatively, Moses gets down the right, but his cut-back is dealt with. 9:18PM 76 min Hazard tries to walk his way through a wall of claret-and-blue. Meanwhile, Morata continues to seethe on the Chelsea bench, probably directed more at himself than anything else. 9:13PM 72 min Burnley swap: Chris Wood off, Sam Vokes on. Like. For. Like. 9:12PM 71 min Chelsea make their change: off goes Morata - 50% relief, 50% shame - and on comes Eden Hazard. Morata takes some flak off the home fans and responds with a harmless flail of the arm. 9:10PM GOAL! Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 (Moses 69 min) Emerson hits a shot straight at Pope! That, at least, reminded us that Emerson is still playing. Good game, this. Shortly after that, Emerson's cross evades everyone except Victor Moses, who laces it in at the near post! Burnley 1 - 2 Chelsea (Victor Moses, 69 min) 9:08PM 67 min That will hasten the introduction of Chelsea's main men, you would think. 9:06PM GOAL! Burnley 1 (Barnes 64 min) Chelsea 1 Hello! And that's the good fortune the home side needed! Gudmundsson lets fly from 25 yards, Ashley Barnes simply stands there, the ball flicks off his heel and Courtois hasn't got an earthly. Start ruing that Morata chance, Chelsea... 9:04PM 64 min Burnley are pushing up, leaving space to exploit. If Conte wants to risk one or both of Hazard or Willian - both are warming up - they'll surely make hay here. 9:03PM 63 min Chelsea launch another counter, making full use of Pedro's quick feet and brain, but Moses slaps his shot from an angle straight at Pope. 9:02PM 61 min Giroud goes down shrieking in agony after a clash with Tarkowski, but the referee sees nothing untoward from the already-booked Burnley defender. Giroud gets some hearty Lancashire boos for his trouble. 9:00PM 58 min Pedro's turn to race into Burnley territory next, but Gudmundsson tracks him all the way. Chelsea now have a missed chance to potentially rue, no doubt about it - it's Burnley's job to make it happen. 8:57PM 55 min CHANCE! Alvaro Morata, my goodness. Kante breaks up a Burnley attack, slides a perfect pass into the Spaniard's path. Morata carries the ball 40 yards, Pope stays at home...and the ball is sidefooted wide. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 55 min) 8:54PM 53 min Cesc Fabregas looks ready to go for a little stretch down the Turf Moor touchline. Perhaps that killer ball through the middle is what Chelsea have lacked so far, but the need isn't urgent. At the other end, Cahill slips! That allows Barnes to pounce, but Cahill slides in to rescue the situation. 8:51PM 50 min Chelsea patiently wait for Giroud or Morata to present themselves up front. The former makes space for a shot on the edge of the box, but it's blocked. 8:49PM 47 min Both sides give the ball away cheaply in the early second-half exchanges, which does little to turn down the volume from their respective managers. 8:46PM We go again... Burnley get the second half going at Turf Moor - no changes to report for either side at the break... 8:43PM Top of the shots: Burnley vs Chelsea shots on goal 8:31PM Half time: Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 Good work from a 3-5-2 Chelsea there but can they kill this off and avoid some unnecessary sweating in the second half? We'll find out soon, but Burnley will come out fighting. 8:29PM 44 min An ironic cheer from the home faithful as they finally witness a decision going their way, but that's a minor victory in a half that's been mostly Chelsea's. 8:25PM 40 min Space opens up in front of N'Golo Kante, and he obliges by zipping forward and curling a shot over the Burnley crossbar. Chelsea ending the half stronger. 8:22PM 37 min Old news, but: Bakayoko is just not good. Another of Chelsea's logical-looking signings who needs a good pre-season under his belt, I think. 8:18PM 33 min Chance! Kante plays the Fabregas role, feeds Giroud, who in turn slides in Morata, but Pope is out quickly to make sure the no.9 can't flick it over him. Corner, which again is no bother for Burnley. 8:15PM 31 min Half-chance for Burnley! Matt Lowton pokes a hopeful cross into the Chelsea box, but Ashley Barnes can't stretch enough to do the same and trouble Courtois. Burnley having a nice mini-spell here, though... 8:13PM 28 min Giroud very much the link-man of the Chelsea front two, which makes sense given his velvet lay-offs and Morata's relative pace. Speaking of which, he's tugged down by James Tarkowski on the edge of the box - yellow card. Pedro stands over the free kick over to the left...but he clips it wide of the near post in an attempt to catch Pope out. 8:07PM 23 min Chelsea looking happy enough so far - their new system is starting to find useful pockets of space, while Burnley are yet to muster a shot at the right end. 8:05PM GOAL! Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 (Long og, 20 min) Well! Gary Cahill pings a crossfield ball for Moses to run on to. He tries to clip a cross to Giroud, but Kevin Long gets there first...to bundle the ball past his own keeper! 8:01PM 16 min Chelsea work the ball in from the left, using Giroud as a capable wall to feed Pedro, but he awkwardly sidefoots a volley into Row Z. 7:59PM 14 min Chelsea are making good use of Thibaut Courtois' catapult of a left foot which, although not Ederson-like, has some long-range capability. Barnes and Wood, meanwhile, continue to hare after the ball in behind the Chelsea back three. 7:56PM 11 min Morata's through! He latches on to a Giroud flick, but he takes an inexplicable extra touch that turns a tight angle into an impossible one - Nick Pope gets a toe to the ball to help it on its way for a corner, which Burnley handle with ease. 7:54PM 8 min Azpilicueta slides in Giroud, who is losing the footrace with Kevin Long, and tumbles over looking for a penalty. Referee Bobby Madley is truly, deeply unmoved. 7:52PM 7 min First glimpse of Chelsea's Plan A: Giroud clips the ball out to Emerson on the left. His cross is a tasty-looking one, but a Burnley head glances it away. 7:50PM 5 min Burnley free kick, out wide on the right. Johann Berg Gudmundsson swings it in, there's some muted appeals for a Chelsea handball, but it's hacked clear by the visitors. 7:49PM 4 min Chelsea, without their A-list ball-carriers, are already happy to ping the ball long to the heads of Morata and Giroud. Burnley, meanwhile, are looking to exploit the channels to find Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. 7:47PM 2 min Burnley get the early touches of the ball on their carpet of a playing surface. It's a good 90 seconds before a Chelsea boot finally gets to a pass first. 7:45PM Kick off! We're off and running at Turf Moor, where I am obliged by accepted wisdom to say it's a perfect evening for football...despite the glorious sunshine being in at least 10,000 people's eyes. Chelsea are in their change colours of very-slightly-off-white. 7:38PM Dyche's pre-match rallying cry: "We've kept it simple for a long time, the next game is the most important one, and that's kept us focused on what's right in front of us. We've been more flexible this season; having two strikers gives you a better goal threat but you've got to have that defensive balance as well, and we've found that in the last few games" 7:35PM Conte speaks: "It's always a good opportunity when you get the chance to play - to show you deserve the chance to play more often. That's what the players need to show me. This is the first time we've had the opportunity to play with two strikers, and tonight I hope to see a good game, and a good link between Morata and Giroud" 7:26PM Counting on Conte? Antonio Conte takes charge of his 100th Chelsea game (all comps), tonight. He’s the 3rd Chelsea manager to reach that milestone under the 15-year ownership of Roman Abramovich, after Jose Mourinho (321 over 2 spells) & Carlo Ancelotti (109) #PLpic.twitter.com/HqQ14HAAd5— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 19, 2018 It's a bit of a shame that Chelsea managers have such a limited lifespan. Some will argue their short-termist model has worked well enough in terms of trophies, but you sense their luck might be running out there. As they lifted the Premier League trophy almost a year ago, the plan wasn't to be England's fifth-best team by a distance. 7:23PM Victor Moses speaks: "We know what a hard game this is going to be. They gave us a tough game here last season and it's always difficult coming to Turf Moor. We have to believe." Moses and, on the other flank, Palmieri will be key for Chelsea, seeing as they have Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata to aim at in the middle. In the absence of Willian and Hazard from the start, only Pedro will be scheming in behind. 7:11PM Conte: Dyche's job "is more simple" than managing Chelsea Antonio Conte, it seems, won't be in the Premier League next season, so the pressure's off as far as his press-conference sentiments are concerned. Ahead of this one, he claimed that Sean Dyche's job is easier than his. In fairness, Conte was happy to explain himself: “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” Conte's future remains unclear Credit: CHELSEA FC Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” 7:01PM Barkley's back Ross Barkley is among the Chelsea substitutes Credit: AFP Having overcome his latest hamstring injury, Ross Barkley is again among the Chelsea subs tonight. It looks a proper pre-season is his target, after which Chelsea might have a bargain on their hands. As it stands, though, he's something of a curious, peripheral figure. 6:48PM Team news! TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ChelseaFC at Turf Moor tonight. pic.twitter.com/mHxcka3j5g— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 19, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson, Pedro, Morata, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Willian, Hazard. #BURCHEpic.twitter.com/IIYdnl805P— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 19, 2018 Two big strikers for Chelsea! It's like the 1990s! Meanwhile, there's a return for the much-maligned Tiemoue Bakayoko and a start - in place of the suspended Marcos Alonso - for Emerson Palmieri, signed from Roma for around £18m in January. Eden Hazard, wrapped in cotton wool, is on the bench. Burnley are unchanged, in the sense that they'll be rock solid. 6:42PM The Race for Fifth? Few might have predicted that here, in the middle of April, Chelsea would be heading to Turf Moor with their league season effectively shelved - albeit with an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to - and with Burnley breathing down their necks to be the among the best of the rest, outside of the Champions League places. That says as much about their latest limp title defence as it does of Sean Dyche's tight ship, which has steered itself to within touching distance of Europe despite scoring fewer goals than 14 other Premier League teams. Burnley surprised Chelsea on the opening day Credit: REUTERS The first scribbles of the writing on Chelsea's wall where made all the way back on a sun-drenched opening day at Stamford Bridge, where Burnley were 3-0 up at half-time, and two men up at full-time. Another win for them tonight - a sixth in a row, to boot - wouldn't be anywhere near as much of a shock. That, again, says it all about both managers' seasons.
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9:23PM 81 min Hazard feeds Giroud on his left foot, but Tarkowski stays tight to block for a corner. Hazard spots Pedro lurking on the edge of the box, but the sidefooted shot is blocked. 9:21PM 78 min Bakayoko is gently chopped down by Kevin Long while in full flow. Chelsea use the free kick conservatively, Moses gets down the right, but his cut-back is dealt with. 9:18PM 76 min Hazard tries to walk his way through a wall of claret-and-blue. Meanwhile, Morata continues to seethe on the Chelsea bench, probably directed more at himself than anything else. 9:13PM 72 min Burnley swap: Chris Wood off, Sam Vokes on. Like. For. Like. 9:12PM 71 min Chelsea make their change: off goes Morata - 50% relief, 50% shame - and on comes Eden Hazard. Morata takes some flak off the home fans and responds with a harmless flail of the arm. 9:10PM GOAL! Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 (Moses 69 min) Emerson hits a shot straight at Pope! That, at least, reminded us that Emerson is still playing. Good game, this. Shortly after that, Emerson's cross evades everyone except Victor Moses, who laces it in at the near post! Burnley 1 - 2 Chelsea (Victor Moses, 69 min) 9:08PM 67 min That will hasten the introduction of Chelsea's main men, you would think. 9:06PM GOAL! Burnley 1 (Barnes 64 min) Chelsea 1 Hello! And that's the good fortune the home side needed! Gudmundsson lets fly from 25 yards, Ashley Barnes simply stands there, the ball flicks off his heel and Courtois hasn't got an earthly. Start ruing that Morata chance, Chelsea... 9:04PM 64 min Burnley are pushing up, leaving space to exploit. If Conte wants to risk one or both of Hazard or Willian - both are warming up - they'll surely make hay here. 9:03PM 63 min Chelsea launch another counter, making full use of Pedro's quick feet and brain, but Moses slaps his shot from an angle straight at Pope. 9:02PM 61 min Giroud goes down shrieking in agony after a clash with Tarkowski, but the referee sees nothing untoward from the already-booked Burnley defender. Giroud gets some hearty Lancashire boos for his trouble. 9:00PM 58 min Pedro's turn to race into Burnley territory next, but Gudmundsson tracks him all the way. Chelsea now have a missed chance to potentially rue, no doubt about it - it's Burnley's job to make it happen. 8:57PM 55 min CHANCE! Alvaro Morata, my goodness. Kante breaks up a Burnley attack, slides a perfect pass into the Spaniard's path. Morata carries the ball 40 yards, Pope stays at home...and the ball is sidefooted wide. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 55 min) 8:54PM 53 min Cesc Fabregas looks ready to go for a little stretch down the Turf Moor touchline. Perhaps that killer ball through the middle is what Chelsea have lacked so far, but the need isn't urgent. At the other end, Cahill slips! That allows Barnes to pounce, but Cahill slides in to rescue the situation. 8:51PM 50 min Chelsea patiently wait for Giroud or Morata to present themselves up front. The former makes space for a shot on the edge of the box, but it's blocked. 8:49PM 47 min Both sides give the ball away cheaply in the early second-half exchanges, which does little to turn down the volume from their respective managers. 8:46PM We go again... Burnley get the second half going at Turf Moor - no changes to report for either side at the break... 8:43PM Top of the shots: Burnley vs Chelsea shots on goal 8:31PM Half time: Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 Good work from a 3-5-2 Chelsea there but can they kill this off and avoid some unnecessary sweating in the second half? We'll find out soon, but Burnley will come out fighting. 8:29PM 44 min An ironic cheer from the home faithful as they finally witness a decision going their way, but that's a minor victory in a half that's been mostly Chelsea's. 8:25PM 40 min Space opens up in front of N'Golo Kante, and he obliges by zipping forward and curling a shot over the Burnley crossbar. Chelsea ending the half stronger. 8:22PM 37 min Old news, but: Bakayoko is just not good. Another of Chelsea's logical-looking signings who needs a good pre-season under his belt, I think. 8:18PM 33 min Chance! Kante plays the Fabregas role, feeds Giroud, who in turn slides in Morata, but Pope is out quickly to make sure the no.9 can't flick it over him. Corner, which again is no bother for Burnley. 8:15PM 31 min Half-chance for Burnley! Matt Lowton pokes a hopeful cross into the Chelsea box, but Ashley Barnes can't stretch enough to do the same and trouble Courtois. Burnley having a nice mini-spell here, though... 8:13PM 28 min Giroud very much the link-man of the Chelsea front two, which makes sense given his velvet lay-offs and Morata's relative pace. Speaking of which, he's tugged down by James Tarkowski on the edge of the box - yellow card. Pedro stands over the free kick over to the left...but he clips it wide of the near post in an attempt to catch Pope out. 8:07PM 23 min Chelsea looking happy enough so far - their new system is starting to find useful pockets of space, while Burnley are yet to muster a shot at the right end. 8:05PM GOAL! Burnley 0 Chelsea 1 (Long og, 20 min) Well! Gary Cahill pings a crossfield ball for Moses to run on to. He tries to clip a cross to Giroud, but Kevin Long gets there first...to bundle the ball past his own keeper! 8:01PM 16 min Chelsea work the ball in from the left, using Giroud as a capable wall to feed Pedro, but he awkwardly sidefoots a volley into Row Z. 7:59PM 14 min Chelsea are making good use of Thibaut Courtois' catapult of a left foot which, although not Ederson-like, has some long-range capability. Barnes and Wood, meanwhile, continue to hare after the ball in behind the Chelsea back three. 7:56PM 11 min Morata's through! He latches on to a Giroud flick, but he takes an inexplicable extra touch that turns a tight angle into an impossible one - Nick Pope gets a toe to the ball to help it on its way for a corner, which Burnley handle with ease. 7:54PM 8 min Azpilicueta slides in Giroud, who is losing the footrace with Kevin Long, and tumbles over looking for a penalty. Referee Bobby Madley is truly, deeply unmoved. 7:52PM 7 min First glimpse of Chelsea's Plan A: Giroud clips the ball out to Emerson on the left. His cross is a tasty-looking one, but a Burnley head glances it away. 7:50PM 5 min Burnley free kick, out wide on the right. Johann Berg Gudmundsson swings it in, there's some muted appeals for a Chelsea handball, but it's hacked clear by the visitors. 7:49PM 4 min Chelsea, without their A-list ball-carriers, are already happy to ping the ball long to the heads of Morata and Giroud. Burnley, meanwhile, are looking to exploit the channels to find Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. 7:47PM 2 min Burnley get the early touches of the ball on their carpet of a playing surface. It's a good 90 seconds before a Chelsea boot finally gets to a pass first. 7:45PM Kick off! We're off and running at Turf Moor, where I am obliged by accepted wisdom to say it's a perfect evening for football...despite the glorious sunshine being in at least 10,000 people's eyes. Chelsea are in their change colours of very-slightly-off-white. 7:38PM Dyche's pre-match rallying cry: "We've kept it simple for a long time, the next game is the most important one, and that's kept us focused on what's right in front of us. We've been more flexible this season; having two strikers gives you a better goal threat but you've got to have that defensive balance as well, and we've found that in the last few games" 7:35PM Conte speaks: "It's always a good opportunity when you get the chance to play - to show you deserve the chance to play more often. That's what the players need to show me. This is the first time we've had the opportunity to play with two strikers, and tonight I hope to see a good game, and a good link between Morata and Giroud" 7:26PM Counting on Conte? Antonio Conte takes charge of his 100th Chelsea game (all comps), tonight. He’s the 3rd Chelsea manager to reach that milestone under the 15-year ownership of Roman Abramovich, after Jose Mourinho (321 over 2 spells) & Carlo Ancelotti (109) #PLpic.twitter.com/HqQ14HAAd5— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 19, 2018 It's a bit of a shame that Chelsea managers have such a limited lifespan. Some will argue their short-termist model has worked well enough in terms of trophies, but you sense their luck might be running out there. As they lifted the Premier League trophy almost a year ago, the plan wasn't to be England's fifth-best team by a distance. 7:23PM Victor Moses speaks: "We know what a hard game this is going to be. They gave us a tough game here last season and it's always difficult coming to Turf Moor. We have to believe." Moses and, on the other flank, Palmieri will be key for Chelsea, seeing as they have Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata to aim at in the middle. In the absence of Willian and Hazard from the start, only Pedro will be scheming in behind. 7:11PM Conte: Dyche's job "is more simple" than managing Chelsea Antonio Conte, it seems, won't be in the Premier League next season, so the pressure's off as far as his press-conference sentiments are concerned. Ahead of this one, he claimed that Sean Dyche's job is easier than his. In fairness, Conte was happy to explain himself: “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” Conte's future remains unclear Credit: CHELSEA FC Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” 7:01PM Barkley's back Ross Barkley is among the Chelsea substitutes Credit: AFP Having overcome his latest hamstring injury, Ross Barkley is again among the Chelsea subs tonight. It looks a proper pre-season is his target, after which Chelsea might have a bargain on their hands. As it stands, though, he's something of a curious, peripheral figure. 6:48PM Team news! TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ChelseaFC at Turf Moor tonight. pic.twitter.com/mHxcka3j5g— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 19, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson, Pedro, Morata, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Willian, Hazard. #BURCHEpic.twitter.com/IIYdnl805P— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 19, 2018 Two big strikers for Chelsea! It's like the 1990s! Meanwhile, there's a return for the much-maligned Tiemoue Bakayoko and a start - in place of the suspended Marcos Alonso - for Emerson Palmieri, signed from Roma for around £18m in January. Eden Hazard, wrapped in cotton wool, is on the bench. Burnley are unchanged, in the sense that they'll be rock solid. 6:42PM The Race for Fifth? Few might have predicted that here, in the middle of April, Chelsea would be heading to Turf Moor with their league season effectively shelved - albeit with an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to - and with Burnley breathing down their necks to be the among the best of the rest, outside of the Champions League places. That says as much about their latest limp title defence as it does of Sean Dyche's tight ship, which has steered itself to within touching distance of Europe despite scoring fewer goals than 14 other Premier League teams. Burnley surprised Chelsea on the opening day Credit: REUTERS The first scribbles of the writing on Chelsea's wall where made all the way back on a sun-drenched opening day at Stamford Bridge, where Burnley were 3-0 up at half-time, and two men up at full-time. Another win for them tonight - a sixth in a row, to boot - wouldn't be anywhere near as much of a shock. That, again, says it all about both managers' seasons.
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Heyward's two-run smash
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Heyward's two-run smash
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