The date is Monday the 18th August 2014, and a Chelsea side, much rejuvenated following a summer spending spree under boss Jose Mourinho in SW6, swept aside Sean Dyches’s Burnley at Turf Moor.
Summer acquisition Cesc Fabregas, from Barcelona, complimented by fellow new-boys Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, turned on the style for the Blues as they came from behind to take all the points from a pulsating encounter.
Arfield and Costa exchange blows
Burnley took an unexpected lead through wide-midfielder Scott Arfield, as he bent a swirling short past a hapless Chelsea number one, Thibaut Courtois.
The Clarets lead in what was their first Premier League game for five years, was short-lived, as Chelsea’s new Striker, Diego Costa, slammed the ball in on the rebound, past Burnley’s goalkeeper, Tom Heaton.
Blues Rampant as they pushed on to lead at half-time
Following Costa’s sublime equaliser, Mourinho’s side put their foot to the throttle as they rampaged into a three-one lead at the break.
Andre Schurrle scored Chelsea’s second, following a delightful assist from Spaniard, Fabregas, before Branislav Ivanovic put the result beyond any doubt as he converted the Blues third from a corner.
Chelsea shut the door in the second half, with them holding out for their inaugural win of their fourth Premier League title victory, and incidentally their third under their Portuguese boss, the first and only one of his second spell in SW6.
Mourinho pleased with his side’s performance
Following on from what was an impressive match for the Blues, particularly in the first half, where they scored all three of their goals, Mourinho took the opportunity to share his thoughts on the contest.
Speaking about the outcome of the match with the BBC at the time, he said: “we played well. It’s good to have this feeling of not being in trouble despite conceding early.
“The players were fantastic with the mental ability they have shown.”
A particular testing point in the game for his Blues side was when Diego Costa was deemed to have attempted to deceive the referee, in an attempt to win a penalty, a decision Mourinho did not agree with, nor did he agree with the yellow card shown to Costa for his antics.
On the adjudged dive and yellow card, he added: “It was unfair. If he gets four more yellow cards, he doesn’t play one game.
“It wasn’t a simulation; it was a clear penalty. With the result at the time being one-all, it could’ve been a decisive point in the match.”