Chelsea have missed the opportunity to put daylight between themselves and their top four rivals after they could only manage a 2-2 draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge this evening.
Jeff Hendrick fired the visitors into a shock lead at The Bridge before quick-fire goals from N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain turned the game in Chelsea’s favour. Ashley Barnes then levelled matters for Burnley with less than half an hour played and neither side could find the decisive fifth goal to take all three points.
Eden Hazard spurned an excellent early chance to score for The Blues when his shot was saved by visiting keeper Tom Heaton before Higuain saw his lob acrobatically cleared off the line by Ben Mee.
Chelsea were made to rue those misses when moments later Burnley took the lead. Cesar Azpilicueta got his head to a corner kick but the ball fell perfectly for Hendrick to score the opener with a stunning 20-yard volley.
The home side’s response was almost immediate with Hazard dazzling the Burnley defence before playing in Kante to rifle the ball home from 12 yards. It soon got even better for Maurizio Sarri’s side when a nice exchange of passes between Higuain and Azpilicueta resulted in the forward thumping the ball into the back of the net via the crossbar.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek then curled an effort just wide before the visitors levelled matters when Barnes struck from close range after a free-kick was kept alive in the box.
Chelsea searched for a third goal but Hazard, Higuain and Pedro all failed to find the back of the net as The Blues went into the break on level terms.
The second half failed to live up the same standards. Higuain fired a shot straight at Heaton before Emerson Palmieri struck a dangerous long range effort just wide of the post.
Azpilicueta and David Luiz both had chances to win the match in the final quarter for The Blues but both efforts were easily taken by Heaton.
Chelsea are back in action on Sunday when they travel to Manchester United in the English Premier League.