BURNLEY were reminded just how tough life in the Premier League can be when, a week after beating Liverpool, they were given a footballing lesson at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard scored after nine minutes to get Chelsea rolling, and he was the star of the show until being replaced with 10 minutes remaining.

Willian fired in a second just before half-time and despite the Clarets battling well throughout, it was a surprise that they only conceded one more in the final minutes from sub Victor Moses.

The pre-match chat had been about how to handle Diego Costa’s muscular presence up front, but it was his teammate Hazard who ran Burnley ragged with his full range of tricks and twists - seeing one shot cleared off the line and another superbly kept out by Clarets keeper Tom Heaton.

Sean Dyche understandably kept faith with the side that earned the magnificent 2-0 win over the Reds a week previously, which meant Andre Gary and Sam Vokes were back together up front after their goalscoring heroics against the Reds.

Chelsea had one change, Brazilian Willian back in place of Pedro after recovering from a calf injury.

Burnley showed they were up for the fight when Dean Marney went in strongly on Costa.

But they were behind in the ninth minute when Hazard picked up the ball just inside the Clarets half and motored towards Michael Keane before cutting inside and and curling a lovely right-foot shot inside Heaton’s far post.

It was a reminder of just how good Hazard is, when he’s in the mood, and he definitely looked in the mood this against the Clarets.

Minutes later he broke again as Burnley were stretched, although this time Matt Lowton managed to hold him up on the left before deflecting his shot behind for a corner.

By now he was like a one-man wrecking ball and was inches away from doing so again when he lurked at the far post and collected the flick-on, but Ben Mee managed to scramble his shot off the line.

From then on it was wave after wave of Chelsea attacks as the blue shirts swarmed forward, although they failed to create any clear-cut chances until, in the 26th minute, Cesar Azpilicueta cut a cross back and Burnley just managed to hack it clear with Costa hovering.

Heaton made a decent stop from John Terry after the Chelsea captain got his head to a corner, and made an even better one when Costa unleashed a shot on the turn.

Just as Burnley started to get the smallest of footholds in the game, Chelsea struck again in clinical fashion.

Costa was probing at the edge of the box when he picked out Willian on the right and he smashed a low shot into the far corner.

It was hammer blow for Dyche’s men, but it did spark a response when Scott Arfield found himself free on the right and he got off a shot which rolled across the face of Thibaut Courtois’ goal.

Michael Keane got a booking for bringing Costa down outside the Burnley box as the second half started as the first half played out, with Chelsea on top.

Willian curled the set-piece over but then handed over the limelight to Hazard, who was simply dazzling.

He set up Costa for a shot which was straight at Heaton, then drew an even better save from the Clarets keeper who got down well to his left to palm away a volley with Terry blazing the rebound over the bar.

The Belgian’s next effort cleared the crossbar by only inches.

Mee put in a brave tackle to deny Costa as the one-way traffic continued, but Burnley were still hanging in there at 2-0.

Dyche rang the changes, bringing Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Aiden O’Neill on for Arfield and Defour.

He then had to replace Marney with James Tarkowski after the midfielder picked up a knock.

O’Neill looked good at Accrington in midweek and was straight into the action here as he saw a shot deflected wide.

Hazard and Costa got a rest as Michy Batshuayi and Pedro got a run, but it was another sub, Moses, who had the final say when he swept home Pedro’s cross two minutes from time to make it 3-0.

It was tough to take for the Clarets fans who had made the trip, but they will admit their side had been well beaten by a high-class side.