Former Chelsea player and ESPN pundit Craig Burley has bemoaned the over-reliance of the club on Eden Hazard.
The Blues failed to capitalise on the slip-ups of the other top four contenders as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge by Burnley.
Sarri’s men could only muster a draw after the Clarets took a shocking lead via Hendrick. Hazard teed up Kante to grab the equaliser before Higuain fired them into the lead.
After 19 games, Burnley were 18th with 12 points on the board and a GD of -24.
In their last 18 games, they have won 8 games and picked up 29 points – the joint-5th best record in the Premier League during that time. GD is +2.
A fantastic run by Sean Dyche's men! pic.twitter.com/2Yd9SW0XAd
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Burnley were not finished yet as Barnes bundled it home from close range to make it all square before half time.
Chelsea – fourth – are level on points with third-placed Tottenham, who have a game in hand.
Behind them, Arsenal are in fifth on 66 points, whilst United are struggling from poor form recently and are on 64 points.
And Burley explained that Chelsea cannot afford to continuously rely on Hazard to get them out of trouble as the run-in continues.
“Chelsea’s plan this season has been to get the ball to Eden Hazard,” he said on ESPN FC.
“When that fails, the plan is to get the ball to Eden Hazard, then it’s still the same, and everybody is waiting on this guy.
“He’s had a good season, but he’s carrying so much weight on his shoulders of those who haven’t performed consistently.
“He’s not Messi. He’s a great player, very good player, but you can’t rely on him to get 40 goals per season.
Eden Hazard #PL assists
This season: 1️⃣3️⃣
Previous three seasons combined: 1️⃣2️⃣ pic.twitter.com/Y37aivaMNf
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“Others have to take charge, take responsibility.
“Too often they think ‘he’ll dig us out of the hole, he’ll get us a result’, but today proved that isn’t always going to be the case.”
The Londoners’ next game sees them face Man United on Sunday (4.30pm).