Christian Pulisic announced himself properly into English football with a devastating hat-trick as Chelsea recorded a seventh victory in a row.
Pulisic, who has been a slow burner following his move from Borussia Dortmund, was granted his first Premier League start since August following a couple of encouraging cameos as substitute.
And the 21-year-old American took full advantage with his first goals for the club, the perfect treble of right foot, left foot and header.
It was the first hat-trick of the youngster’s career and those travelling fans you chanted U-S-A U-S-A didn’t give a second thought to last year’s hero Eden Hazard, now at Real Madrid and the player Pulisic was brought in to replace.
Willian added a fourth goal for the visitors who moved up to fourth place as a result. And while Burnley were unsually generous in defence, Sean Dyche’s side did give a good account of themselves during periods of the game and tested Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga before deservedly grabbing two consolation goals in the closing stages.
Sean Dyche celebrates seven years at Turf Moor next week but for his anniversary game he had to to without striker Chris Wood sidelined with a hamstring injury. Chelsea hadn’t lost at Turf Moor since 1983 when their team included David Speedie and Peter Rhoades-Brown.
For the class of 2019, Frank Lampard stuck with the homegrown kids who had beaten Ajax in midweek with the exception of Callum Hudson-Odoi who was relegated to the bench with £58million winger Christian Pulisic drafted in for his first Premier League start since August.
Chelsea started brightly with the away section in good voice singing their manager’s name. Willian, based wide on the right of a 4-2-3-1, shot over when well placed on the edge of the box and Kurt Zouma survived a painful fall into the advertising hoarding.
Once he returned to the pitch, he flattened Ashley Barnes with an aerial challenge much to the amusement of the Chelsea fans who well remember the Burnley forward once dishing out the rough stuff to Nemanja Matic during an infamous game at Stamford Bridge.
After a slow start, Pulisic gave a glimpse of his pace and balance with a sweeping run from the lefft. His pass to Mason Mount was an invitation to the youngster but he delayed too long and when his shot was finally delivered, Ben Mee had shuffled across to block.
Though Burnley saw less of the ball, Dwight McNeil looked a dangerous and direct outlet. His clear instructions were to run at Cesar Azpilicueta whenever he could. After 20 minutes he got his shot away which Kepa Arrizabalaga needed two attempts to save.
MATCH RATINGS AND STATS
Burnley (4-4-1-1): Pope 6; Lowton 5, Tarkowski 5, Mee 6, Pieters 6; Hendrick 6 (Brady 84), Cork 7, Westwood 6, McNeil 7; Rodriguez 6; Barnes 5.5 (Vydra 63 6)
Subs not used: Hart (Gk), Bardsley, Taylor, Long, Lennon
Goal: Rodriguez 86, McNeil 90
Booked: Pieters, Hendrick, Brady
Chelsea: (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga 6; Azpilicueta 5.5, Tomori 6.5, Zouma 6, Alonso 6.5 (James 63 6); Kovacic 7, Jorginho 7; Willian 7 (Hudson-Odoi 72 5), Mount 6.5, Pulisic 8.5; Abraham 6 (Giroud 70 6)
Subs not used: Caballero (Gk), Guehi, Pedro, Batshuayi
Goals: Pulisic 21, 45 & 56, Willian 58
Referee: Michael Oliver 6