Chelsea's Ten Men = Burnley's Eleven

Published on 22-Feb-2015 by srijan213
Soccer / Soccer Daily Update

The red that gave the Blues the blues.

Chelsea had to endure a rash 1-1 draw against low-profile Burnley, which narrowed its top spot magin to five points.

Maestro Mourinho's charges should've run rampant on the Clarets, but something just didn’t click for the men in Blue. With a Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain that possibly dented their confidence, Chelsea just couldn’t pick themselves up in an expected Premiership walkover.

The match began in all-systems-go mode for Chelsea with Mourinho’s current favorite player, Branislav Ivanović, putting his mark on the scoresheet.

Chelsea’s hero at Paris; Chelsea’s hero at home. Looks like Diego Costa can be replaced.

It all looked to go the usual way, but football has its own tricks up its sleeves.

Like everything getting a bit spicy.

It’s not gridiron football, dude.

And with that, Nemanja Matić was assured of getting warm water for his shower.

Chelsea's ten started feeling the strain of being a man down, and ultimately, Burnley's pressure finally paid off.

The Clarets have a rich tradition that included an era of dominance in the 1950s-1960s that would've been the envy today's current giants. There was much waxing of nostalgia when they returned to the top level, but their stay is in constant peril.

Chelsea will do just fine as long as Russian rubles flow. Burnley, meanwhile, must continue to scrape for every point it can get.

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