LONDON — Chelsea continued its perfect start to the English Premier League under new manager Antonio Conte, beating Burnley 3-0 on Saturday.
Chelsea has nine points from three league games with Conte, who moved to Chelsea after leading Italy to the European Championship quarterfinals.
Newly promoted Burnley quickly fell behind at Stamford Bridge when Eden Hazard shot from outside the area in the ninth minute for his second goal in three matches, and Willian made it 2-0 in the 41st with a low shot after an assist from Diego Costa.
Pedro’s cross set up Victor Moses for a third goal in the 89th.
Burnley may have beaten Liverpool with 19 percent possession of the ball last weekend, but Conte’s rampant side never looked remotely like falling for the counter-punch.
In fact the only surprise was that it scored just three as Hazard and Costa could probably have got a hat trick each.
Hazard got the ball rolling when he collected Nemanja Matic’s pass inside his own half and galloped unchallenged down the left toward the Burnley penalty area.
The Belgian skipped inside Clarets defender Michael Keane before curling his shot past keeper Tom Heaton and inside the far post from 20 yards.
Costa was having a quiet first half but he could have doubled the lead when Oscar cut the ball back in the area, but the Spaniard’s first-time shot was straight at Heaton.
Instead, Costa turned provider five minutes before halftime, knocking a square ball to Willian who instead of playing the one-two, simply stepped past Matt Lowton and lashed an angled drive past Heaton.
Burnley did not manage a single effort on goal in the first half, while Dean Marney’s shot at the beginning of the second flew high over the crossbar.
The busy Burnley keeper got down well to keep out Hazard’s volley from the edge of the area.
Hazard fizzed another effort inches over the top before wriggling clear and forcing Heaton into another save.
With Hazard and Costa given the last few minutes off, it was left to substitute Moses to put the gloss on the scoreline in the dying moments when he arrived at the far post to tuck in Pedro’s cross.