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Chelsea beat Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor

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Chelsea beat Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor with goals from Hakim Ziyech, defender Kurt Zouma, and Timo Werner in the Premier League.

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(The African Stand) — Hakim Ziyech netted his first Premier League goal as Chelsea cruised to victory over winless Burnley at Turf Moor.

Making his first league start for the Blues, Ziyech wrong-footed Burnley keeper Nick Pope, expertly dispatching Tammy Abraham‘s lay-off in the 26th minute.

Defender Kurt Zouma doubled the advantage just after the hour mark, rising highest to head home a Mason Mount corner.

And summer arrival Ziyech then turned provider seven minutes later, sliding through Timo Werner who side-footed an effort beyond the onrushing Pope.

Chelsea rise to fifth while Burnley remains 18th in the table, with Ashley Barnes missing one of the Clarets’ few chances when through on goal in the opening minutes.

Lampard’s side strikes the perfect balance

Chelsea ended a run of back-to-back goalless draws by emphatically beating Russian Premier League side FK Krasnodar 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

And their attackers were once again in full force with an Abraham header forcing Pope into a routine save shortly before Ziyech’s opener.

Having fired blanks in his first three Chelsea appearances, former Ajax winger Ziyech has now scored two in two. The 27-year-old looked increasingly lively, scoring and assisting as Chelsea’s new-look attack continued to shine.

The visitors’ six key summer signings, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Ziyech, and Werner all started for the first time after Werner replaced Christian Pulisic who picked up a knock in the warm-up.

And, after rallying against some early Burnley pressure in the second half, goals from Zouma and Werner sunk the hosts before substitute Olivier Giroud poked in a low cross from Chilwell only to be flagged for offside.

The Blues, who have often been criticised for looking top-heavy this season, were rarely threatened at the back, Barnes’ early chance the only moment a fourth consecutive clean sheet looked in doubt.

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