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Hakim Ziyech scores again and Chelsea with another clean sheet win at Burnley


Hakim Ziyech scored his first Premier League goal for Chelsea as Frank Lampard’s side kept their fourth clean sheet in a row.

Ziyech, who nearly joined Burnley as an FC Twente player in 2016, marked his first league start in England by wrongfooting Nick Pope at Turf Moor to fire dominant Chelsea ahead midway through the first half.

Kurt Zouma and Timo Werner wrapped up the points after the interval to leave Chelsea fifth and Burnley stuck in the bottom three and looking for their first win of the season.

Lampard named an attacking line-up featuring Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham besides Ziyech and Werner – with the German scorer a late promotion from the bench after Christian Pulisic was injured in the warm-up.

There was also a return for referee David Coote after serving a one-match “ban” for missing Jordan Pickford’s tackle on Virgil van Dijk as the VAR chap in Stockley Park a fortnight ago.

The Londoners had made a five thousand-mile round trip to Krasnodar in midweek and that might have explained Zouma switching off after two minutes to allow Ashley Barnes through on goal.

The cavalry can’t come quick enough for Burnley – who failed to register a shot on target.

But having conceded three to West Brom and Southampton, Lampard can be pleased his defence hasn’t been breached by Sevilla, Manchester United, Krasnodar or Burnley in the last fortnight.

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