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Alvaro Morata scores his first goal for Chelsea in defeat to Burnley

Alvaro Morata scores his first goal for Chelsea in defeat to Burnley”

For one half of football, it looked as if this might be a mirror image of the 2015-2016 season.

Replacing Michy Batshuayi with almost an hour gone, Morata entered the game with his team 3-0 down after a nightmarish first half.

But the recovery, if that what is was was short-lived as Fabregas was shown his second yellow card for a challenge on Cork on 82 minutes to reduce the champions to nine men.

"It quietens down a few stories", Dyche said to Sky Sports.

Despite that start, Chelsea were actually commanding the match with possession early on and waiting for an opening in a very well organised Burnley side.

Referee Craig Pawson, right on the spot, instantly brandished a red card. Vokes drifted away from the static Luiz and powered home a header that gave Courtois no chance.

Stephen Ward compounded Chelsea's misery just after the half-hour mark when he controlled a long pass and beat Antonio Rudiger to lash home from a tight angle on the left.

Conte took heart from his side's second-half fightback, and the fact they were able to push Burnley so hard, but conceded they had left themselves with too much to do after their first-half capitulation.

ANTONIO CONTE accused his Chelsea stars of losing the plot after an opening-day shocker.

The Blues managed to score a second in the 88th minute when David Luiz converted a flick from Morata, but Burnley, who hit the post late on through Brady, held on to record all three points following an incredible game at Stamford Bridge. It's obvious because the linesman is on the line.

Chelsea down to 9 men.

The defeat, after a troubled summer, was a worrying echo of the manner in which Jose Mourinho's champions collapsed two seasons ago, costing the "Special One" his job - and on Saturday night bookmakers installed Conte as the favourite to be the first Premier League manager to leave his club this season.

Conte will have some thinking to do, along with the board, as both Cahill and Fabregas will be missing for next week's match with Tottenham Hotspur.

Conte said his halftime team talk, which along with the introduction of new striker Alvaro Morata who scored on his debut, appeared to completely transform the game, involved pointing out how the players had panicked and lost their shape.



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