Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Nine-man Chelsea lose 3-2 to Burnley

The champions had Gary Cahill sent off early on for a unsafe tackle and the Clarets made their numerical advantage count as they stormed into a 3-0 lead before half-time, with Sam Vokes netting twice and Stephen Ward also getting on the scoresheet.

Chelsea brought in Alvaro Morata in the second half and it paid off as the Spaniad got his first goal for the club to make it 3-1 in the 69th minute of the game.

All seemed lost when Fabregas earned a second yellow card for lunging in on Cork nine minutes from time.

Boga was surprisingly named in the starting line-up for Chelsea's opening game of the season at home to Burnley.

On Saturday they were missing Eden Hazard and Pedro through injury as well as suspended Victor Moses.

There were three other youngsters on the Chelsea bench - as if to underline the thin-ness of the squad that Conte takes into the new season.

It is not since March 2014 that Chelsea have had two players sent off in the same game in the Premier League and only the seventh occasion on which it has happened in their Premier League history. Little contact was made, but intent was enough for a sending off.

"First half better, second half not as well, but they're a good side - their physicality, they're a strong side, they press high, fast, and it can put you off kilter". David Luiz scored a late consolation goal for the defending champions.

But there was no sign on the pitch of Morata's burden when he came on just before the hour mark.

Soon after, Vokes had a goal called offside.

Chelsea are the league's best team when it comes to opening the season.

Chelsea get the defence of their Premier League title underway this afternoon as they welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge. It was good from last season's top scorer for the Clarets, as he flicked the ball on looking away from goal, which trickled beyond the diving Thibaut Courtois and into the bottom corner.

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