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No response to late suckerpunch as Chelsea pay for wasted chances


But in the end, it was the Burnley manager who delivered a sucker punch that will leave his counterpart smarting all the way through the international break.

They dominated throughout and saw golden chances go begging in each half before falling for the oldest trick in the book.

Leading 1-0 through Kai Havertz’s first half header, they were caught out by a rare Burnley attack that saw substitutes Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra combine to clinch an equaliser with 11 minutes left on the clock.

In that moment Dyche exploited perhaps Chelsea’s biggest weakness under Tuchel – leaving them desperately chasing the game. For the vast majority of the German’s time in charge it has been a case of relentless control, with only their lack of cutting edge preventing them from more dominating scorelines.

That was the case here as well, with the European champions in complete control, but left to regret their failure to make their superiority truly count.

With little time to restore their lead, they rarely looked like doing so – even after Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount were sent on to perform a rescue act.

One point ensures they will remain top of the Premier League regardless of Liverpool’s result against West Ham on Sunday, but there was no doubt that the atmosphere inside the stadium was one of defeat. 

By contrast, Burnley and Dyche must have felt like they had won the lottery. And how sweet it was for Dyche and his coaching staff, who had shown more fight on the bench than the players on the pitch in the first half.

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Such was Chelsea’s dominance in the first 45 minutes that those on touchline provided more sparks than the two teams. Tuchel and Dyche were involved in an angry altercation when the Chelsea manager raced out of his technical area to complain about a foul going against Ross Barkley. Dyche instructed him to go back to his seat.


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