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Chelsea run into troubled time against Burnley

Sports | Apr 24, 2019
Chelsea accused Burnley of time-wasting tactics after manager Maurizio Sarri was dismissed from the sidelines before a touchline skirmish marred a frustrating 2-2 draw.

Chelsea fell behind to a fine finish by Jeff Hendrick before N'Golo Kante equalized moments later at Stamford Bridge.

In a frantic opening 24 minutes, Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea 2-1 ahead only for Ashley Barnes to level.

Without a win in their last two league games, Chelsea climb one point above fifth-placed Arsenal into fourth place, level on points with third-placed Tottenham. And Chelsea were booed off at the end.

Sarri was sent to the stands for protesting in the final seconds before several members of the Chelsea bench were involved in a clash with Burnley counterparts.

Sarri assistant Gianfranco Zola said his boss "was very upset because he heard [bad] words towards him from the Burnley bench."

Zola also took a swipe at the visitors' perceived gamesmanship, which included goalkeeper Tom Heaton being booked in the first half for time-wasting.

And Chelsea defender David Luiz was biting in his criticism of Burnley, saying: "It's anti-football. Wasting time."

Adding to Chelsea's problems were first-half injuries to Kante and winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who said he will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Of the bench-clearing clash, Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: "By the time I turned round there was something going off in the tunnel.

"I don't know what you can call it now. Handbags? Manbags? Bumbags?"

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



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