Chelsea attacker Christian Pulisic scored a perfect hat-trick against Burnley to lead the Blues to an away victory of 4-2 after Frank Lampard played him in the starting eleven at the Turf Moor in Thursday.
The US international was one of the most talked-about prospect when Chelsea signed him in January this year. However, he remained in Borussia Dortmund and arrived in Stamford Bridge only before the 2019-20 season when the club was in the middle of a transfer ban.
But he has had to wait for his chance after Lampard showed his trust on the club graduates. However, the 21-year-old grabbed the opportunity with both hands when he was awarded his first start since late August.
He opened the scoring for the Blues in the 21st minute with a left-footer that ended in the bottom-right corner of the net. He netted his and Chelsea’s second goal right at the edge of the first half. Receiving the ball through a brilliant interception from Willian, Pulisic went ahead with his right from the penalty area.
He completed his hat-trick in the 56th minute with a header off a Mason Mount delivery. After a failed attempt from Burnley to clear a corner, the ball was nicely directed towards the near post and Pulisic guided it home with the back of his head to give Chelsea a 3-0 lead.
The fourth of the match was scored by Willian after Tammy Abraham won the ball and laid it to him through the centre. The Brazilian ran through an open space in the right before blasting it to the bottom left corner of the net in the 58th minute.
Two late goals from Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil in the 86th and 89th minute respectively saw the home team restoring some pride and consolation.
The victory took the Stamford Bridge side level with third-placed Leicester City at 20 points. They stand fourth courtesy of a lower goal difference from the foxes. The result also meant Chelsea registered their fourth straight victory across competitions.