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Thomas Tuchel finds silver linings as Chelsea drop Premier League points

A 79th minute equaliser from Matej Vydra saw Chelsea drop two points in a game they dominated throughout.

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Maxwel Cornet of Burnley falls over the LED board during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on November 06, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Maxwel Cornet of Burnley falls over the LED board during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on November 06, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Maxwel Cornet of Burnley falls over the LED board during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on November 06, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel saluted his Premier League table-toppers as they served up a sparkling performance yesterday - but it was not enough to see off Sean Dyche’s battling Burnley.

A 79th minute equaliser from Matej Vydra saw Chelsea drop two points in a game they dominated throughout, with the missed opportunities proving to be costly as they opened the door for Liverpool to close the gap at the top to just one point if they beat West Ham today.

Kai Havertz’s appeared to have set Chelsea on their way to a fifth straight top-flight win with his 33rd-minute opener, yet the absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku cost Chelsea as they missed as host of chances to finished off Burnley.

“It was a fantastic 90 minutes when you look at performance. It can only happen in football that we don't win,” said Tuchel.

“That’s why everyone loves the game – a team can steal a point if the other team forgets to score the goals they deserve.

“Of course I’m disappointed, but if we played this game 100 times, we’d win 99 times.

“The second goal would have decided it. It’s always possible you miss one ball, one cross, and this can happen.

“It’s our fault. We should have scored. We created so many chances. You have the opponent where you want to have them. You create so many chances. We let them believe it was possible to steal a point by pure luck and that’s what happened.

“This is not the first game like this and won’t be the last. I was impressed by the performance, the attitude, the quality. It’s football, it was against us today.”

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Thomas Tuchel’s side were held at home (Tess Derry/PA)

Thomas Tuchel’s side were held at home (Tess Derry/PA)

Thomas Tuchel’s side were held at home (Tess Derry/PA)

Tuchel’s upbeat assessment of his side’s performance was backed up by the statistics that confirmed they had 70 per-cent possession in the game and a stunning 25 efforts at goal.

That dominance was not translated in the final score, with Burnley boss Dyche confirming his side were fortunate to escape with a point.

“Chelsea are a top side and they were all over us in the first half,” he said.

“We hung in there really, great saves by Nick Pope. We felt the game might calm slightly and we found better moments in the second half. When you come to these clubs and they’re flying like they are, you might need your keeper to play well. He was fantastic.

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“I can’t credit Chelsea enough. They’re a top outfit. You stay in it for a chance and that’s what we did.”

The final result seemed unlikley on a day when Chelsea swarmed over their opponents, with Chelsea creating chances aplenty in the first half.

Chelsea sustained control after the break, with Thiago Silva heading against the outside of a post and Havertz flicking over from Hudson-Odoi’s cross.

Hudson-Odoi then saw a rasping effort deflected to safety off the line by both Pope and Lowton as Chelsea pressed time and again to improve their lead.

Chelsea lost momentum before the job was complete however, and Vydra bundled home an equaliser to stun the home side.

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