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Chelsea player ratings vs Burley: Reece James brilliant with Saul Niguez another positive



Chelsea enjoyed a major second-half turn around at Turf Moor on Saturday to batter Burnley.

Reece James opened the scoring before a Kai Havertz double, with Christian Pulisic adding a fourth after a difficult first-half in which the home side created the better of the chances.

James Robson was at Turf Moor to rate the Chelsea players in the Premier League win….

Edouard Mendy 6

After his Wembley heroics he was so nearly embarrassed when he got his punch totally wrong in the first half – but McNeil couldn’t take advantage. Also saved by Silva’s goal-line clearance.

Trevoh Chalobah 7

One really important interception cut out a McNeil chance – but still needed help from Jorginho after dithering on the ball. Stood up well under pressure.

Thiago Silva 8

Just gets better with age. Another goal-line clearance from him – after his one in the Carabao Cup Final – to deny Weghorst in the first half.

Antonio Rudiger 7

Given a tough time by Lennon in the first half – but still pushed forward to get up in support. More in control after the break.

Reece James 9

That’s what Chelsea have been missing for the past two months. The table could look a lot different right now if he’d not been out with a hamstring injury. One brilliant goal and an assist. Top class.

N’Golo Kante 7

His runs through the middle relieved the pressure on a number of occasions when Burnley pressed hard.

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Jorginho 6

Some good use of the ball, but struggled to find spaces in between Burnley’s defenders – particularly in the first half.

Saul Niguez 6

Another positive performance – even out of position at left wingback. Got into good areas and first half cross to James could have given Chelsea an early lead.

Mason Mount 6

Definitely benefits from James’ return. Hurt Burnley with his penetrating runs inside and use of the ball in the final third.

Kai Havertz 8

After a subdued first half, he came to life after the break. That was helped by better service, but also his movement – particularly when drifting to the far post to head in his first.

Christian Pulisic 7

Saw plenty of the ball, but often shackled. Really good cross to find Havertz’ for Chelsea’s second goal and got on the score-sheet himself.


Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Kante, 70) 5

Played a wingback after playing at centre back in midweek. Looked as comfortable on the ball as ever.

Mateo Kovacic (James, 70) 5

Just added to Chelsea’s midfield control.

Timo Werner (Mount, 78) 5

Tried to run down tired Burnley legs.

Not used: Kepa, Christensen, Lukaku, Ziyech, Kenedy, Sarr

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