Chelsea moved to second place on the table with two points off Premier League leaders Liverpool with a commanding 4-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.
Alvaro Morata’s first-half strike was followed by fine long-range efforts from Ross Barkley and Willian after the break before Ruben Loftus-Cheek completed his productive week with a late goal to ensure Maurizio Sarri became the first Chelsea manager to go unbeaten in his first 10 Premier League games.
Morata might have had a hat-trick in the opening 45 minutes, but was denied by two excellent Joe Hart saves, while Willian also hit a post in an eye-catching away performance by the Londoners, who were without the injured Eden Hazard.
Chelsea looked set for a tough day in the Lancashire sunshine as Burnley snapped into tackles and pegged back their visitors, but Sarri’s side warmed to their task and after Hart had leapt to tip Morata’s instinctive header wide, Willian then bent a shot onto the post.
Moments later Chelsea were ahead, as N’Golo Kante fed Barkley, the England midfielder’s super touch releasing Morata (22) into the box and his cool finish left Hart with no chance for his fourth goal of the season.
Hart was then forced into a second superb save – charging out to deny Morata after Jorginho’s exquisite chip had beaten the offside trap – but he could do nothing about Barkley’s 25-yard strike – the midfielder driving forwards and drilling home with his left foot on 57 minutes.