Chelsea player ratings vs Burnley: Barkley takes rare league chance, James continues fine form

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Chelsea blew the chance to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley.

Here’s how Thomas Tuchel’s side rated at Stamford Bridge...

Edouard Mendy 6

Next to nothing to do until he was beaten. Let down by his defence in that instance.

Andreas Christensen 6

Spent most of the match totally untroubled, but where was he when Rodriguez and Vydra combined for the equaliser?

Thiago Silva 6

So close to getting on the score sheet when heading against the post. And that miss proved vital when he watched Vydra fire home at the other end.

Toni Rudiger 6

Dominated for much of the game. Effective in the air in both areas, but will not be happy with Burnley’s goal.

Reece James 8

Goal-scorer last week, provider this. Burnley could not handle him on the right. Set up Havertz’ opener and Silva so nearly benefited from his delivery after the break.

N’Golo Kante 7

Enjoyed a bit of showboating amongst his usual physical dominance of midfield. Skipped out of a number of challenges when driving forward.

Jorginho 6

Not necessarily the type of game he would be expected to excel in, but cruised through the majority of this encounter.

Ben Chilwell 7

Flew forward whenever possible. If James did not get Burnley on the right, Chilwell was terrorising them on the left. One sweeping cross-field pass was a highlight.

Ross Barkley 7

Deployed in the No10 role and got loads of touches on the ball. A really positive performance to mark an unlikely turnaround in his Chelsea career. Should have scored just before going off.

Kai Havertz 6

Well-taken goal, but he should have added another in the second half when firing over from close range.

Callum Hudson-Odoi 6

Played as part of a front two and caused Burnley plenty of problems – forcing two saves from Pope and setting up Havertz for another chance.

Substitutes

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Barkley, 72’) 5

If Tuchel wanted him to bring some more creativity, it did not really work out like that.

Christian Pulisic (Hudson-Odoi, 85’) 4

Ended up coming on for a rescue act, which he could not produce.

Mason Mount (Kante, 85’) 4

Could not turn the game back in Chelsea’s favour.

Subs: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Sarr, Chalobah; Saul, Ziyech

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