Chelsea vs Burnley LIVE: Thomas Tuchel brings in Marcos Alonso, Mason Mount, Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham after assessing his options in first week of training
- Chelsea host Burnley in the first of four Premier League matches on Sunday
- Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Werner, Mount, Abraham
- Substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Kante, Pulisic, Zouma, Giroud, Chilwell, James, Havertz
- Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Brady, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Vydra, Wood.
- Substitutes: Gudmundsson, Peacock-Farrell, Stephens, Rodriguez, Bardsley, Long, Dunne, Benson, Mumbongo
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- Premier League table – as it stands
Thomas Tuchel will aim to pick up his first three points as Chelsea manager when they entertain Burnley in the first of four Sunday Premier League games.
The German coach, who replaced Frank Lampard in midweek, saw his side draw 0-0 with Wolves in his first game in charge despite dominating possession and chances.
Burnley are 15th coming into the contest and will hope for any kind of result to soothe relegation concerns.
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The two teams take the knee and after a fist pump and a warm smile between the two managers, Sean Dyche and Thomas Tuchel, Burnley get the game underway.
It’s time for action at Stamford Bridge. Burnley walk out from the temporary tunnel leading to their Covid-safe dressing room accommodation in the adjacent hotel.
They’re followed by Chelsea, making the more familiar walk from the normal dressing room.
Chelsea have the opportunity to move level on 33 points with their London rivals Tottenham if they take three points this afternoon.
They would remain behind Spurs on goal difference, however, unless it’s a win by a four-goal margin or greater and so are likely to sit seventh when Jose Mourinho’s side play at Brighton later on.
Spurs and Chelsea meet on Thursday night, of course.
A Burnley win will move them above Wolves into 14th place.
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Werner, Mount, Abraham
Substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Kante, Pulisic, Zouma, Giroud, Chilwell, James, Havertz
Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Brady, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Vydra, Wood.
Substitutes: Gudmundsson, Peacock-Farrell, Stephens, Rodriguez, Bardsley, Long, Dunne, Benson, Mumbongo
Not too long to wait now until this afternoon’s Premier League action gets underway.
It’s a clear but chilly day in London as Chelsea aim to pick up their first win under Thomas Tuchel. The German coach has enjoyed a couple more days on the training ground since that goalless draw against Wolves that represented an underwhelming start to his time in charge.
But we all know how stubborn Burnley can be and rest assured that Sean Dyche will have a game plan drawn up to keep Chelsea and their myriad attacking talents at bay.
Let’s not forget also that the Clarets are in better form with three straight wins in all competitions including that entirely unexpected win at Anfield and their 3-2 midweek success against Aston Villa.
Tuchel was the man in the dugout when Pulisic scored his first Borussia Dortmund goal, nailed down a regular spot in their team and won the first – and so far only – trophy of his professional career.
And Pulisic wasn’t shy in going on the record with his appreciation of Tuchel when the German coach left Dortmund in 2017 following a fall-out with the club’s hierarchy.
So can the American deliver for Tuchel at Chelsea?
In their 0-0 draw with Wolves last time out, Chelsea recorded 78.9% possession and 832 successful passes, the Blues’ highest figures in a Premier League home match since we have this data available (2003-04).
Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez has scored in four of his seven starts against Chelsea in all competitions, netting four goals, though only one of those was scored at Stamford Bridge – for Southampton in a 3-1 defeat in December 2013.
Of all keepers to have played at least twice this season, only Ederson (61%) has kept a clean sheet in a higher share of their games than Chelsea’s Édouard Mendy (50% – 8/16).
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has warned Kai Havertz ‘he cannot rely on endless talent’ but says the fellow German has the potential to ‘become a huge part of this club’.
Havertz, 21, was a highly-rated £89million acquisition from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer but has struggled to get going at Stamford Bridge so far, scoring only once in 17 Premier League games.
The Germany international failed to regularly feature under previous manager Frank Lampard but played the full 90 minutes under new man Tuchel in his opening game against Wolves.
Chelsea have lost one of their 13 Premier League games against Burnley (W9 D3), losing 2-3 on the opening day of the 2017-18 season at Stamford Bridge as reigning champions.
Burnley have only won six points in 13 Premier League matches against Chelsea (W1 D3) but five of those six have been earned at Stamford Bridge, via a win (3-2 in 2017/18) and two draws (1-1 in 2014/15 and 2-2 in 2018/19).
None of the 13 Premier League meetings between Chelsea and Burnley have been goalless at half-time – this is the only Premier League fixture played more than 10 times to see a goal scored in the first half of each meeting.
Chelsea are winless in three home league games, last having a longer league run without a victory at Stamford Bridge in May 2016 under Guus Hiddink (five games).
Chelsea netted 29 goals in their first 14 Premier League games this season (2.1 per game), but have scored just four in their subsequent six (0.7 per game). The Blues haven’t netted more than once in these six games, last having a longer league run of failing to score at least twice between October-December 2015 (7).
Burnley are looking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since April 2019. Meanwhile, the last time they won three consecutive top-flight games all against sides starting the day in the top half of the table was in March 1965.
Burnley came from behind to win a Premier League game for the first time this season in their last match against Aston Villa. The 3-2 victory was the first time they’d scored as many as three goals in 30 Premier League games, since beating Bournemouth 3-0 in February 2020.
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Marcos Alonso has returned to Chelsea’s starting XI under new manager Thomas Tuchel.
The Spanish full-back has not played a single minute for the club since September when he was hooked off by Frank Lampard at half-time against West Brom.
Alonso was selected among the substitutes in Chelsea’s goalless Premier League game against Wolves, but has now been promoted to the starting XI for their clash against Burnley today.
Mason Mount returns to the Chelsea team after not starting in midweek, while Tuchel has gone with two strikers in Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner.
Marcos Alonso also comes back into the fold – and starts – after being ditched during the final weeks of Lampard’s time in charge.
A week of change and upheaval once again at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard sacked, Thomas Tuchel in and barely time to draw breath between the two.
The German has outlined his philosophy, made the right noises and now needs to deliver some victories to get flagging Chelsea moving back up the league.
He started with a goalless draw against Wolves on Wednesday night – a game of frustration given their dominance of proceedings from start to finish.
But they start as strong favourites against a Burnley side down in 15th. So can Tuchel get the first win of his tenure?
Welcome along to our coverage of the first of four Premier League games today.
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