Burnley 1- 4 Chelsea: Player Ratings as Cole Palmer inspires rampant victory

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Raheem Sterling was in stunning form as Chelsea ran riot at Burnley to make it two consecutive victories for the first time this season.

Burnley took the lead after a brilliant start when Wilson Odobert fired a left-footed strike into the bottom corner from the left side of the box after a slick move by the team, who scored on his first Premier League start.

But Mauricio Pochettino equalized just before half-time when Raheem Sterling’s low cross was turned into his own net by Ameen Al-Dakhil’s knee.

The England winger was again involved in the lead as the Blues took the lead early in the second half when Vitinho brought him down in the box, allowing Cole Palmer to fire home from 12 yards to grab his first ever Premier League goal.

Sterling then hit a deserved goal from close range when played in by Conor Gallagher.

Nicolas Jackson came off the bench to make it four to hand Burnley a fifth successive home defeat as Chelsea moved into the top half.

Chelsea player ratings (4-2-3-1)

GK: Robert Sanchez – 5/10 – Odobert’s strike didn’t seem particularly powerful but still managed to find a way beyond him.

RB: Marc Cucurella – 5/10 – Poor positioning for the opening goal. Tried to get himself sent off by swiping at Odobert. Thankfully didn’t make contact but was shown the yellow card the intent deserved.

CB: Axel Disasi – 5/10 – One excellent pass from the back but one poor moment of one-on-one defending for the opening goal. Overall a bit of a slow day.

CB: Thiago Silva – 5/10 – With limited pace, Silva cannot afford to be getting caught out of position these days. He left his teammates on an island for Odobert’s goal.

LB: Levi Colwill – 6/10 – His work rate was outstanding, even if his end product left a little to be desired.

DM: Moises Caicedo – 8/10 – Chelsea’s best midfielder. Quietly efficient, recovering possession and feeding his creative teammates. A real destructive force.

DM: Enzo Fernandez – 6/10 – Tried to make things happen from time to time but was guilty of being a little too slow in possession.

RM: Cole Palmer – 7/10 – It wasn’t Palmer’s best game but he still ended with a goal and an assist. Seemed to find himself in the right places.

AM: Conor Gallagher – 6/10 – Put himself about as usual but didn’t offer much with the ball before setting up Sterling for the third.

LM: Raheem Sterling – 9/10 – A real spark for Chelsea. Deserved the luck that came with the own goal before flashing his quality to win the penalty and firing home a goal of his own. Dragged his side through this one.

ST: Armando Broja – 4/10 – Did his best to get involved but simply couldn’t find a way into the game before being hooked at the interval.


SUB: Nicolas Jackson (46′ for Broja) – 7/10

SUB: Mykhailo Mudryk (83′ for Sterling) – N/A

SUB: Ian Maatsen (86′ for Palmer) – N/A

Subs not used: Djordje Petrovic (GK), Alfie Gilchrist, Lesley Ugochukwu, Carney Chukwuemeka, Noni Madueke, Alex Matos


Mauricio Pochettino – 6/10 – Took some criticism for his decision to start Sterling but he was laughing by the final whistle. Not a particularly impressive performance from Chelsea but it was that lineup call which decided this game.

Player of the match: Raheem Sterling (Chelsea)

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