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Maurizio Sarri sent to stands and Chelsea and Burnley stars clash in tunnel in lively 2-2

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Maurizio Sarri sent to stands and Chelsea and Burnley stars clash in tunnel in lively 2-2

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Burnley goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer had to be separated by the officials at the final whistle, as a gripping encounter ended in ugly touchline scenes at Stamford Bridge.

David Luiz and Ashley Westwood later clashed as the teams attempted to depart via the tunnel, in a frantic west London encounter.

N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain blasted two goals in as many minutes for the Blues, but rank set-piece defending let Jeff Hendrick and Ashley Barnes plunder goals for the Clarets.

Head coach Sarri’s men did move fourth in the table courtesy of their draw, but dropping two points at home could prove costly in the Champions League race – as could worrying injuries to Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kante.

Hudson-Odoi limped out with a leg problem, while Kante picked up a back complaint.

Chelsea must face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, with only Watford at home and Leicester away to come after that.

The Blues’ only comfort comes in the shape of top-four rivals United’s 4-0 loss to Everton and Arsenal’s 3-2 home reverse to Crystal Palace, on a turbulent weekend.

The Blues threw everything at Burnley in the second-half but in vain, falling prey to a the rearguard graft of Sean Dyche’s team.

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