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Burnley make Chelsea feel the blues

13 August 2017, 04:38 | Myron Mathis

Straight red! Gary Cahill is sent off as Chelsea go 3-0 down at half time against Burnley

Starting XI: Chelsea v Burnley

Saturday's defeat meant Chelsea have lost in their first opening game of the season since the 3-2 defeat suffered to Coventry in 1998.

Worse was to follow on 39 minutes when a rasper of a left-foot drive by Stephen Ward, on the left after a quick free-kick saw the ball zip across Courtois path and into the far corner of his net to double the visitors lead.

"You can see that in our preseason, in every friendly game I played the best formation and it happened also today, because my choice was to put the players we have in this moment".

Vokes hooked in a scuffed finish under minimal pressure in the 24th minute as Chelsea players failed to react to Matt Lowton's cross.

Gary Cahill was sent off as early as the 14th minute after he lunged in on Steven Defour.

"Go four at the back, three in midfield, two up front and have a go".

"I like to tell always the truth and in the second half we changed totally the situation".


Antonio Conte must have had some words with his side at half-time because Chelsea emerged energised after the break. At the hour mark, Alonso's freekick was kept out by Burnley's goalkeeper, Tom Heaton.

Morata's first goal in the blue of Chelsea came on 68 minutes when he stooped to head home a brilliant cross from Willian and give the Stamford Bridge faithful a bit of hope. David Luiz pulled back another to make it 3-2 and draw a roar of defiance around Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea will travel to Tottenham in week 2 of the Premier League season as the club's season suddenly gets more hard after losing a match they were expected to win.

While he will have been consoled by the sight of Alvaro Morata getting on the scoresheet on his debut and Luiz's thumping volley late on, Conte has been left with plenty to ponder ahead of their next match against Tottenham.

At 3-0 down and going into the second-half there was little inspiration for manager Antonio Conte to turn to on the bench.

Conte, looking exhausted and disgruntled, said he preferred not to talk about the referee who also sent off Cesc Fabregas in the 82nd minute after the Spaniard earned a second yellow card for an ill-timed tackle on former Chelsea man Jack Cork.



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