Premier League Round-up | Burnley hold Chelsea, Leicester move closer to relegation

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Premier League Round-up | Burnley hold Chelsea, Leicester move closer to relegation

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SportsCafe Desk

02/13/2017

Leaders Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Burnley but still have a 10-point lead over second-placed Tottenham. Chelsea did not get a lot of chances despite dominating ball possession. Defending champs Leicester City went down 2-0 to Swansea City and are now only one point above the relegation zone.

Following Chelsea's draw, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have a chance to move into the second spot and cut Chelsea's lead down to eight points if they win at Bournemouth on Monday. Pedro scored from a Victor Moses pass to give Chelsea an early lead but the home side did not let the lead hold for long, as Robbie Brady, making his full debut, equalised with a brilliant curling free-kick. Chelsea were not given too many chances in the game and they could get only two shots on target, despite having 71 per cent of the possession. The draw meant that Burnley moved up one place to 12th.

"We must be disappointed with the point because I think this type of game we could win," Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told Sky Sports.

Leicester, meanwhile, continued to play poorly and the defeat meant that they have now gone 15 away matches without a win. Swansea scored twice before halftime through Alfie Mawson and Martin Olsson, and the English champions failed to strike back. The last time the defending champions were relegated the following season was in 1938, and Leicester could repeat Machester City's performance of that season.

Manager Claudio Ranieri was unhappy with the way his team played. "I wanted the start of a 'new season' today, but it is the same, it is unbelievable. We have to speak together to find the solutions, it is not possible to continue in this way. The machine is not broken but when you don't play at a maximum level it is a difficult battle. They were more determined than us, that's the truth." Ranieri said.

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