Christian Pulisic netted the perfect hat-trick as Chelsea defeated Burnley 4-2 at Turf Moor this evening.
The Blues cruised into a 4-0 lead in Lancashire and while the hosts did score two late goals, it did not mask another superb Chelsea performance.
After a quiet opening, Pulisic broke the deadlock in the 21st minute when he drove a low effort across goal and into the far corner of the net.
Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga then saved well from Erik Pieters before Pulisic and Willian tested Nick Pope at the other end.
Chelsea were to go into the break two goals to the good. Pulisic again pulled the trigger inside the area and his shot took a wicked deflection before flying beyond Pope and into the net.
Burnley started the second half brightly and Arrizabalaga had to be alert to deny both Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez.
A little over 10 minutes into the half, Chelsea netted a third goal when Pulisic completed the perfect hat-trick with a flicked header from a corner kick.
Within two minutes of that goal it was 4-0 to Frank Lampard’s men. This time it was Willian’s turn to drive an effort into the far corner, almost a carbon copy of Pulisic’s first goal.
Fikayo Tomori then pulled off a wonderful last-ditch tackle to deny Rodriguez a certain goal before Blues substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi brought a routine save out of Pope.
Chelsea were absolutely cruising with cheers of ‘ole’ from the away section at Turf Moor but they were to concede two late goals. First, Rodriguez lashed in a superb effort from 25 yards before Dwight McNeil hit an impressive effort into the corner of the net from outside of the box.
The Clarets’ comeback was too late though as Chelsea kept up their chase for UEFA Champions League qualification with another three points.
The Blues are back in action on Wednesday evening when Manchester United are the visitors to Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup.