I got a definite sense of deja vu on Monday night, as Burnley stepped back into the Premier League by entertaining title favourites Chelsea.
It reminded of nothing so much as Scotland’s match against Brazil in the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain.
The Scots took the lead through Davie Narey’s stunning goal before Zico and co stepped up a gear to ease past them.
That wasn’t a bad Scotland side but it was a great Brazil side. Substitute the name of Scott Arfield for Narey and you have Monday’s equivalent.
Burnley supporters were pleased enough with their team’s performance and the Clarets never gave up.
Arfield was outstanding, veteran Duff the defensive pick. What Burnley could do to counter a Chelsea team playing superb passing football at speed was limited.
Burnley will not face many more games against a side that good this campaign. You can see why Jose Mourinho’s side are title favourites, Manchester City perhaps likeliest to run them close. With Fabregas and Hazard running play, the Blues were simply breathtaking at times.
Clarets were bloodied but unbowed and their own Mourinho, Sean Dyche, will surely have them prepared for another testing day at Swansea, opening day conquerors of Manchester United.
It’s still a journey of exploration into uncharted waters.