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

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

Chelsea, who had club captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off, trailed 3-0 at the interval, and despite finding a route back into the match in the second period, Burnley held on for their first ever Premier League victory at Chelsea.

And finally, Ronald Koeman and his band of new Everton signing's host Stoke City on Merseyside, looking to get off to a good start in their pursuit of breaking into the top six.

Sam Vokes (Burnley): He's not known as a goalscoring forward at this level, but his instincts and reactions gave his side a comfortable cushion in the first half.

After beating Tottenham to the Premier League title last season, the Blues can expect a fired up performance from their London rivals in their temporary Wembley home next Sunday.

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Antonio Conte might not be happy with the lack of discipline shown by his senior players, but the spirit and fight shown by his side should be a positive sign, although Chelsea must avoid these self-inflicted wounds in the future.

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.

"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".

"But our first half we kept losing our heads - after the red card we lost our heads a bit, conceded three goals and then it's very difficult to change the final result".

There have been times when Burnley have been too honest.

"We tried until the end to reach a good result against Burnley". Vokes scores - A deep cross to the back post finds Vokes, unmarked, and he nods it into the back post.

"The red card was a key moment".

Elsewhere, it's a big day for Huddersfield Town as they make their Premier League bow at Crystal Palace, boss David Wagner carrying the hopes of the town as he leads his play-off winners into action.

Late goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud earned Arsenal a 4-3 win over Leicester in Friday's frantic opening game. The Italian was doing it again with his line-up, favouring Michy Batshuayi in attack to the £65 million new boy Alvaro Morata.

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