Maurizio Sarri. Picture: REUTERS
Maurizio Sarri. Picture: REUTERS

London — Chelsea went second in the  Premier League with an emphatic 4-0 win at Burnley on Sunday which maintained their unbeaten start to the season.

The London club are two points behind leaders Liverpool and one point ahead of champions Manchester City, who play Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Monday.

Maurizio Sarri’s side barely noticed the absence of Eden Hazard as Willian, starting in the Belgian’s normal position on the left, scored and hit a post.

Spanish striker Alvaro Morata gave Chelsea the lead midway through a first half in which he might have netted three times.

England midfielder Ross Barkley set him up for that goal and added the second himself from outside the penalty area early in the second half. Brazilian Willian curled the third past Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart five minutes later and substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek completed the scoring in stoppage-time.

"For 10 minutes it was difficult at the beginning but then we played very well," said Sarri, who became the first Chelsea manager to go unbeaten in his first 10 league games in charge.

"I am very happy for Alvaro Morata and Loftus-Cheek again.

"At the end, everything is OK. We played very well in full
control of the match for the last 80 minutes."

Burnley’s manager Sean Dyche was left ruing another tough assignment against quality opposition after last week’s 5-0 drubbing at Manchester City.

"We started very well and then we give away a poor goal from our point of view," he said.

"It was a top side doing what top sides do, finish clinically.

"We have played two top sides back to back in City and Chelsea, who have delivered top performances and it’s hard to deal with that."

Former England goalkeeper Hart conceded nine goals in the last two games but there was  little he could do to repel some fine Chelsea finishing.

Hart had made one fine save from Morata’s header and seen Willian’s drive hit a post before the first goal.

Barkley and Willian’s goals were particularly well taken as Chelsea clocked up 24 goals from their 10 games. Only City with 26 have more.

Two penalties by Luka Milivojevic earned Crystal Palace a battling 2-2 draw at home to high-flying Arsenal.

Palace captain Milivojevic, who missed a penalty at Everton last week, converted one just before halftime, after Shkodran Mustafi tripped Cheikh Kouyate.

It was the South London side’s first goal at home in five games this season.

Granit Xhaka equalised with a fierce free kick in the second half and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got a controversial second five minutes later.

Arsenal stayed fourth but ended a run of 11 successive wins in all competitions and lost ground on London rivals Chelsea.

Reuters