Sterling star helps Chelsea to back-to-back league wins


Burnley, England, October 7 (Reuters) – Chelsea reversed Burnley 4-1 on Saturday and achieved back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since March.

Promoted Burnley, who returned to the top flight this season looking to end a four-match losing streak at home, took the lead in the 15th minute when Wilson Odobert scored his first goal in English football. Much to the surprise of the visiting team.

Chelsea had little response until three minutes before the break, when Amin Al Dahir equalized for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the most unlucky of circumstances when he fired into his own net.

Chelsea had failed to win their last 19 Premier League games since October 2022, but completed the comeback early in the second half when Cole Palmer took a penalty kick.

Sterling’s fine strike and substitute Nicholas Jackson’s fourth put the game ahead of the home side, moving Chelsea up to ninth in the table while Burnley still have just one win this season. In the relegation zone.

“I told you in some games that we were building something,” Pochettino said. “We are a young team, we have some experienced players and it’s just a matter of time.

“We performed well. I thought the team was great, the performance was great and we went into the international break with a different feeling.”


Burnley have only won one of 16 Premier League games against Chelsea, a 3-2 win away from home in 2017 when the Blues defended their title, but considering the huge changes to both teams’ lineups this season, such a record is not possible in the Premier League. possible. The front line in the minds of both sides.

Both teams looked like they hadn’t yet adjusted to each other’s units early on, with Palmer’s long-range shot being the only real goal of the opening period.

Sterling’s fizzing shot went over the post and Odobert received a pass from Lyle Foster and fired it through the legs of Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella into the bottom corner. The 18-year-old became Burnley’s youngest Premier League goalscorer.

Chelsea had plenty of possession for the remainder of the first half but looked set to become frustrated as half-time approached, only for Al Dahir to deflect Sterling’s cross past home goalkeeper James ·Trafford.

Sterling was again in the spotlight five minutes into the second half when he fouled Vitinho, giving Palmer the chance to open Chelsea’s goal, which he fired home with great force.

The third goal always looked the part, as Connor Gallagher fed Sterling and the England international fired home his third goal of the season.

Jackson’s fourth sublime goal, set up by Palmer, ensured Chelsea fans returned to the capital with big smiles on their faces after seeing their side score four or more goals for the first time in 71 games.

“It shows what this league is about,” Burnley manager Vincent Kompany said. “You played well in the first half, but it wasn’t enough.

“Everyone has to level up. I want a wand, but it’s a lot of work in terms of training and mastering the basics. On the spell side, we’re doing a good job, but it’s just a spell.”

Reporting by Peter Hall Editing by Ed Osmond

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