Chelsea v Burnley: goals, red cards, video, highlights, reaction

Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea is dejected after Burnley score

CHELSEA had two players sent off and lost to Burnley
3-2 in the first match of its English Premier League title
defense on Saturday, intensifying the concerns surrounding
the champions after their frustrating offseason in the
transfer market.

Captain Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card for a
studs-first lunge in the 13th minute, then the champions
conceded three goals in a 20-minute period before halftime.

PL: Defending Premier League champions Chelsea suffered
a shock home defeat to Burnley

Striker Sam Vokes scored two of them by converting crosses,
either side of a stunning volleyed goal by left back Stephen
Ward.

Chelsea improved after halftime. Alvaro Morata, on as a
second-half substitute, reduced the deficit in his first league
start since a club-record move from Real Madrid for 58 million
pounds ($75 million).

PL: Chelsea’s Premier League title defence got off to a
horror start, with captain Gary Cahill dismissed after
just 13 minutes.

Any hope of an unlikely comeback looked to have disappeared
when midfielder Cesc Fabregas was red-carded in the 81st after
receiving his second booking.

However, David Luiz ensured a tense finish when he volleyed
home in the 88th after being teed up by the influential Morata.

The result will not improve the mood of Chelsea manager Antonio
Conte, who hasn’t hidden his frustration at failing to
significantly bolster his squad in the offseason.

Stephen Ward of Burnley celebrates scoring his side’s second.

Stephen Ward of Burnley
celebrates scoring his side’s second.
Source:Getty Images

With Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Pedro Rodriguez injured
and Victor Moses suspended, Chelsea had a threadbare match-day
18.

Jeremie Boga, a 20-year-old French forward, was even given a
debut. It lasted only 18 minutes, when he was sacrificed as
Conte reorganized following Cahill’s sending off.

“It was a pity because our fight in the second half was very
good,” Conte said.

PL: Chelsea’s Premier League defence got off to the
worst possible start against Burnley — with Cesc
Fabregas’ red card reducing the champions to 9 men.

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas reacts after getting a red card

Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas reacts
after getting a red card
Source:AP

David Luiz of Chelsea

David Luiz of
Chelsea
Source:Getty Images

Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea

Michy Batshuayi of
Chelsea
Source:Getty Images

“But our first half, we kept losing our heads. After the red
card we lost our heads, conceded two goals and then it’s very
difficult to change the final result.”

Chelsea, which won 17 of its 19 home games last season, became
the second straight team to begin its league title defense with
a loss, after Leicester last season.

Fabregas and Cahill will be suspended for Chelsea’s tough
second match of the season, away to Tottenham at Wembley
Stadium next weekend.

Chelsea's Italian head coach Antonio Conte

Chelsea’s Italian head coach
Antonio Conte
Source:AFP

Conte is desperate for reinforcements in the final three weeks
of the transfer window.

“The club is trying to do the best,” Conte said.

“I am not worried, I am ready to fight with these players. I
repeat: It is important for us to concentrate on our work, to
be focused every day in training, and to try to work in our
best way. No excuses.”

Burnley was expected to struggle this season after losing
arguably its best two players in the offseason, defender
Michael Keane and striker Andre Gray.

“A lot was made of our away form last season,” Vokes said. “So
that result is huge.”

Originally published as
Nine-man Chelsea booed off after Burnley implosion

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