Nine-man Chelsea downed by Burnley

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

When asked if Pawson got the big decisions right, Conte replied: "Mmm.I prefer to not comment on the referee's decision and performance". In the next game I don't know if Pedro is able to recover from his injury, but for sure we will have two players out for a ban, Cahill and Fabregas.

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata broke the club transfer fee record when he signed last month, creating massive expectations at Stamford Bridge.

These, quite clearly, are not the best of times.

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

Boga was sacrificed for Andreas Christensen after Cahill's dismissal, which will see the skipper miss next week's visit to Wembley to face Tottenham, as well as games with Everton and Leicester.

As for Gray's eve-of-season departure, he added: "He was one player in a large group".

There is no message, only the reality.

"Go four at the back, three in midfield, two up front and have a go". The match starts at 22:00 on 12 August 2017.

Chelsea had not lost on the opening day of the season since 1998 and paraded the Premier League trophy before kick-off as a reminder of the size of the task facing the Clarets.

Of course, that is a worst-case scenario.

Chelsea very almost completed a dramatic comeback in the second half, with goals from substitute Alvaro Morata and David Luiz, but a red card for Cesc Fabregas meant that their attempt to recover was carried out with nine men, and Burnley were resolute enough to secure the win.

The Spain worldwide moved to Chelsea in a £58m deal from Champions League holders Real Madrid last month to bolster Antonio Conte's attacking options.

Chelsea begin the new season with a surprise defeat.

Burnley's form at home and away contrasted sharply last season.

Marcos Alonso was the driving force behind Chelsea's early dominance of the second half, as he was twice denied by Burnley keeper Tom Heaton, including a superb save from a free-kick. "Now we have to work", he insisted. "We started well with good intensity and were dominating the game. There is only this way for me and my players".

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