Burnley 3-2 Chelsea: Reigning Premier League champs shocked in opening game

Burnley 3-2 Chelsea: Reigning Premier League champs shocked in opening game

Burnley 3-2 Chelsea: Reigning Premier League champs shocked in opening game

Sub Alvaro Morata pulled a goal back before setting up David Luiz to make it 3-2 late on, but Sean Dyche's men clung on for a famous win.

His ability to lead the line and create confusion in a vulnerable Chelsea defence gave Burnley their way in after Cahill's red card.

"We have to improve a lot on this aspect because this type of situation can happen". We will find the right solution, we will find the right solution.

Vokes' second goal came just before the half as he found himself unmarked in the centre of the goal and flashed a header beyond the despairing Courtois.

Morata made the ideal impact as he pulled a goal back for Chelsea in the 68th minute as he headed home Willian's cross.

"Second half, do we keep going or try to contain?"

Yet with with the likes of John Terry, Nemanja Matic and potentially Diego Costa all leaving the club this summer, on top of fringe players such as Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic and Nathaniel Chalobah, Blues boss Conte is short of strength in depth, which has become increasingly noticeable over the past week. "I am ready to fight with these players".

The Chelsea manager strongly rejected the idea that his starting XI - that included a 20-year-old Jeremie Boga with a still unfit Alvaro Morata on the bench - was a "message" to the board about transfers, stressing he would never risk a result like that.

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"In our pre-season, in every pre-season, I played our best formation and I did the same against Burnley".

If he was underwhelming in those games, he showed a massive improvement against Stoke, working hard in possession and out of it.

'I don't have this appetite to send someone a message. It was a fantastic three points and the referee, I just want to say, was fantastic.

"The sending off makes a big difference", Dyche said.

"The referee was good, he had a really tough game but handled it well overall".

"They scored two, had a couple of maybes, we hit the post at the death, but overall, I think everyone would think we deserved it, I certainly did, that's for sure". They're a top class side with some fantastic individuals.

"They're a fine side, even with 10 men".

Flashback to two years ago on the opening day and Jose Mourinho's champions were reduced to 10 men and held 2-2 at home by unfancied Swansea. They're strong and physical.

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