After a poor run of form that saw Chelsea win only two of their last five Premier League matches, the Blues managed a comfortable 4-0 away win over 18th-placed Burnley on Saturday.

The Blues went into the match the obvious favourites, but started without their most expensive signing, Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea started the game with most of the possession and fashioned a chance in the 15th minute when Kai Havertz played in wing-back Reece James, whose shot forced a block from Burnley defender Charlie Taylor.

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A golden opportunity fell Burnley’s way from a botched Chelsea throw-in, but Wout Weghorst’s shot was cleared off the line by the evergreen Thiago Silva.

Another chance fell Burnley’s way in the 29th after a poor bit of Chelsea play, but Dwight McNeil could not find the back of the net as he lifted his shot over the crossbar.

The match remained level at half-time, but the second half was markedly different from the first.

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Chelsea began the second half in blistering fashion and it only took two minutes for the Blues to take the lead through a low shot from Reece James.

Five minutes after James’ goal, Chelsea doubled their advantage when a Christian Pulisic cross found Havertz at the far post, who nodded the ball home to make it 2-0.

The Chelsea blitz continued and the Blues put the game well beyond doubt three minutes after Havertz’s goal. A low cross into the Burnley box from James found Havertz again in the 55th minute, and the German again converted despite being under considerable pressure.

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In spite of their comfortable lead over the hosts, Chelsea continued to press for more goals and were rewarded for their efforts in the 69th minute when Pulisic capitalised on poor play by Burnley to make it 4-0.

Chelsea managed the rest of the game professionally to secure the three points.

The win solidified Chelsea’s position in the third spot of the Premier League table: the Blues now have