Why Ben Chilwell was angry with Ross Barkley and £97.5million absence shown in Burnley draw

Here are our talking points as the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley to head into the November international break frustrated.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James’ chemistry

With Chelsea suffering a few injury problems in the attacking third, it always meant that someone would break through and take advantage and, at the moment, it is Callum Hudson-Odoi.

He didn’t have an assist or goal against Burnley, he arguably should have done, but he has played well in the absence of Timo Werner, who sustained a hamstring injury in the Champions League win over Malmo three weeks ago at Stamford Bridge

Hudson-Odoi has been deployed in his favoured position off the left of the front three, though on Saturday he was playing as a split striker but, again, off the left hand side.

Like most of his teammates, Hudson-Odoi had a good first half but quietened down a bit after the break. That said, it was still a surprise when he was taken off with the game at 1-1 and Chelsea looking for a winner.

The chemistry that Hudson-Odoi has with Reece James – Chelsea’s in-form player – has been a huge plus for Thomas Tuchel

The two seem to have a telepathic knowledge of where each other is going to be when Chelsea attack.

The number of times that James overlapped his teammate, and his teammate found him, was large.

James bagged an assist in the game as well to continue his excellent form as his delicious cross was headed home by Kai Havertz to give Chelsea a thoroughly deserved lead just past the half hour mark.

James has been perhaps the biggest plus point this season for Chelsea establishing himself as one of the best right wing-backs in the Premier League.

Hudson-Odoi, we know, can be impeccable on his day but he can also be anonymous. That hasn’t been the case so far this season, especially in the last month, but you do fear for his place in the side when the league resumes after the international break.

With Werner potentially returning to the fold, Mason Mount also back fit and Christian Pulisic too, Tuchel will have plenty of options to play off the left. Hakim Ziyech, not selected for the game on Saturday, is still there as well.

One thing that Hudson-Odoi could have in his favour is his partnership in tandem with James, who has been the Blues’ standout player this season.

Horrendous finishing shows exactly why Romelu Lukaku was bought

Chelsea really should have been out of sight well before Matej Vydra’s equaliser ten minutes from time but were left to rue a glut of missed chances as they were held to a 1-1 draw.

The Blues had 25 shots on goal against Burnley but could only find the target four times, one of those being Kai Havertz’s first half header that was well planted past Nick Pope.

Pope had kept Burnley in the game but there was also some very wild finishing from Chelsea, Barkley one of the main culprits as he skied into Row Z from the edge of the box when well placed.

He should have played in Ben Chilwell, who was free to his left and probably would have scored. The left wing-back certainly let him know that was the case in the aftermath of the goal before Barkley was substituted.

Thiago Silva hit a post with a header too as Pope frustrated the home side, saving at the feet of Hudson-Odoi as well in the second half as Chelsea carved out numerous openings.

Under Tuchel last season, the Blues struggled to convert their chances.

They had appeared to get over that, last month especially having netted 13 goals without reply in October with Romelu Lukaku missing for the past three weeks.

But old habits came back to roost on Saturday as the Blues showed why they dipped into the market to sign Lukaku and perhaps why they might do so again in January to put these kinds of chances away.

Tuchel spoke about the number of missed chances after the game and said: “We collected first and second balls, did so much invisible work as a team to control a match like this.

“We created so many chances so it was a fantastic effort and a fantastic performance.

So I am super happy.

It can happen in football, sometimes unfortunately like today, that somebody else steals some points and is lucky.

“As I said, we were lucky to walk away with a clean sheet from Brentford and we were lucky today to get the result. It happens sometimes.”

If ever a game encapsulated why Chelsea went out and spent the best part of £100million on Lukaku, this was it.

He hadn’t been in good goalscoring form before his injury but if he had two of the chances the Blues created on Saturday then he probably bags them both.

Ifs, buts and maybes, for sure.

City and Liverpool dropped points unexpectedly so some perspective is needed.

The Blues established a three-point gap at the top of the standings after Man City were beaten by Brighton a fortnight ago and Liverpool were also held to a 2-2 draw by Brighton at Anfield.

These results can happen and there is the need for some perspective.

Chelsea will still go into the international break at the top of the table by at least a point, depending on how Jurgen Klopp’s men fare against West Ham on Sunday afternoon.

Tuchel and his players will now have a couple of weeks to stew on that result as they are not back in action until the 20th when they travel to Leicester City for a lunchtime kick off.

He could well have Lukaku and perhaps Timo Werner back for that game after the injuries which will have kept them sidelined for a month. Whether the head coach wants to rush them back remains to be seen.

The front three he has employed, whoever comprises it, hasn’t been bad in Lukaku and Werner’s absence but one thing is clear that when he is fit, Lukaku has to come back in.

Werner is not as cut and dry perhaps, especially with the return of Christian Pulisic to fitness and Mason Mount as well.

Tuchel does have options at his disposal, injuries permitting of course, when the Blues return to action at the King Power in a couple of weeks time.

You suspect that he will have his forward players practicing shooting drills in the limited time he will have with them ahead of the slightly more important than it might have been trip to Leicester when the Premier League resumes.

Burnley might have been “lucky” but Chelsea also ran out of luck

The month of October and early November was a good one for the Bleus as they won four straight games and didn’t concede a goal.

Chelsea had won seven on the bounce heading into the Burnley game but some of those wins were certainly hard-fought and, perhaps, lucky.

The victory at Brentford where Tuchel’s patched up back four was battered in the second half but hung on to a 1-0 victory.

The Blues were struggling to get past Southampton until James Ward-Prowse’s red card and they eventually stretched away.

They shouldn’t have needed any luck to get past Burnley, who only picked up their first win of the league season last weekend at Brentford, but it was their hopeless finishing that and the heroics of Pope that kept the visitors in the game.

As Tuchel said post-match: “Very lucky but that’s football.

“Were we lucky in the first of these seven matches to escape with a clean sheet against Brentford? Yes, we were. So, of course, they were lucky but that’s why everyone loves the game because it’s possible to win matches like this.

“I stick with my feelings from the sidelines, I have proof from the data we have now that we had a fantastic match. I liked the attitude, I liked the intensity and the concentration levels.

“This is our seventh game in a row, we come from away games, from Champions League games, and to play a team like Burnley that always believes, puts long balls in and out of the box, and we keep them out and keep them out at the level.”

Chelsea had been dragging themselves through games and had shown a lot of resilience, and a bit of luck, to get the results that propelled them to the top of the table.

That ran out on Saturday but, also looking at the game, that was one they may well have lost under Frank Lampard.

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