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

Nine-man Chelsea lose 3-2 to Burnley Alvaro Morata scores his first goal for Chelsea in defeat to Burnley
Montrelle Montesinos | 13 Agosto, 2017, 19:36

The Blues got off to an awful start at Stamford Bridge when Gary Cahill was dismissed inside 14 minutes for a tackle on Steven Defour. "It was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good", Conte said. We have to pick ourselves up and look forward to the next game.

Big-spending Manchester City won 2-0 at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion, while Huddersfield Town marked their top-flight return with a fine 3-0 win at Crystal Palace that sent them top of the table.

Burnley hit the post with a free-kick and the match ended with yet another surge from Chelsea who had run out of time to complete their fightback.

Conte refused to comment on Craig Pawson's decisions - which were defended by his opposite number Sean Dyche - but admitted he was concerned that his side were again in disciplinary trouble following Victor Moses' sending-off in the FA Cup final and Pedro's dismissal in last weekend's Community Shield.

Vokes put Burnley ahead in the 24th minute, volleying in from Matthew Lowton's cross.

New signing Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid came on to pull one back midway through the second half and then provided an assist for David Luiz, but in-between midfielder Cesc Fabregas was also sent off for a second yellow card.

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.

"We conceded three goals too easily". Ignoring the obvious opportunity to launch a cross into the Chelsea area, the visitors played a free-kick short.

There have been times when Burnley have been too honest. We have to improve a lot on this aspect, because a situation of this type can happen.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits his players lost their cool as they were reduced to nine men in a shock 3-2 Premier League defeat to Burnley.

It was a dispiriting afternoon for Conte, who won the title in his first season at the club but has complained that Chelsea have not signed enough new players while allowing several to leave.

"The red card was a key moment. He needs to see it", said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Chelsea, despite their numerical advantage, worried Burnley for the remainder of the game.

After N'Golo Kante had seen a shot deflected onto the roof of the net in first-half stoppage time and Marcos Alonso had been denied by Tom Heaton, Willian began to haul Chelsea back into the contest.