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Zola hits out at Burnley as Chelsea held

 

Seeing red: Maurizio Sarri was sent to the stands last night
Seeing red: Maurizio Sarri was sent to the stands last night

By Matt McGeehan

Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola blasted the time-wasting tactics used by Burnley as they were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge by Sean Dyche's side.

The Blues missed a chance to strengthen their Champions League claim and their frustrations boiled over towards the end when manager Maurizio Sarri was sent off for protesting.

N'Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain had given the hosts the lead after Irish international Jeff Hendrick's stunning opener for the Clarets, but Ashley Barnes ensured a share of the spoils.

"We are unhappy. There was too much time wasting. Five minutes' injury-time wasn't enough to compensate. We couldn't build important rhythm," fumed Zola.

Burnley boss Dyche, meanwhile, was delighted to reach the magic number of 40 points which, historically, has been enough to secure a team's Premier League survival.

"I don't think we can relax and enjoy it - but after the season we've had, to get to 40 points is a big marker," said Dyche. "We know, unless strange things occur, we'll be working in the Premier League again next year."

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