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Chelsea 2-3 Burnley: 9-man Blues almost come back

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Montrelle Montesinos | 13 Agosto, 2017, 15:55

He brushed aside questions about reported tension with Chelsea's board over signing new players and said he was not anxious because three key players - Eden Hazard, Pedro and Victor Moses - could return from injury and suspension for Chelsea's next game against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Burnley got their first three points as the match ended 3-2.

"Winning away from home on the first days quietens down some stories - we're written off at the start of every season".

Referee Craig Pawson was a convenient target but Chelsea's downfall was largely of their own making, as well as cool finishing from their opponents. "The first half pleased me because although Chelsea went to 10 men it was not easy". Cahill challenged for the ball with one foot, but his studs were showing, prompting Pawson to dismiss the Chelsea captain.

Liverpool turned it around early in the second half, with Roberto Firmino equalising from the penalty spot after Salah was brought down in the area by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes on 55 minutes and then Salah nudging home. Disjointed and embarrassed in the first half, Chelsea threatened to mount the most unlikely of comebacks in a stirring second-half display, but just failed to overcome their numerical disadvantage.

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.

"But today I saw two faces of the team - one positive in the second half and one negative in the first half".

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

Morata made the ideal impact as he pulled a goal back for Chelsea in the 68th minute as he headed home Willian's cross. It's obvious because the linesman is on the line.

In the end, there was no third goal for the nine men.

Sub Alvaro Morata pulled a goal back before setting up David Luiz to make it 3-2 late on, but Sean Dyche's men clung on for a famous win.

But the fight-back after being reduced to 10 men and eventually nine men does show that the players are fighting for the manager, and that's a marked difference from that season of palpable discord.