Despite finishing their first game with nine men and becoming the first reigning Premier League champions to concede three goals in the opening match of their title defence, Chelsea almost produced a miracle recovery.
CHELSEA who had two players sent off and lost to Burnley 3-2 in the first match of its English Premier League title defense on Saturday, intensifying the concerns surrounding the champions after their frustrating offseason in the transfer market ” skysports report’.
Captain Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card early on by Craig Pawson for a high tackle on Steven Defour, before Sam Vokes put Burnley ahead (24) with a neat flick inside the area.
Stephen Ward doubled Burnley’s lead with a fierce strike from an angle (39), and Vokes netted again before the break (43) with a free header six yards out.
No club does meltdowns quite like Chelsea and, for 45 minutes, they looked ready to provide one of their best yet.
Make no mistake, the Blues were embarrassed by a Burnley team tipped to be fighting relegation in the first half of what proved to be a chaotic start to the season.
Chelsea will now be without captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas for next week’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.
Antonio Conte said: “You can see in the last three games we finished twice with 10 men against Arsenal and now with nine men.
“I have to study formations with 10 and nine players because when this happens so regularly, you must be worried.
Foxsport report,“After Gary Cahill’s red card, we lost composure and conceded three goals. We have to improve in this respect and we must pay attention to think there is the rest of the game to do our best. Today I saw two faces, one negative in the first half when we easily lost our heads and one positive in the second.”
On referee Craig Pawson’s performance, Conte added: “I prefer not to comment on referee decisions. But the performance, I think that the coach can make mistakes, the players can make mistakes and the referee…yeah.”
Conte ditched the suit he wore with distinction last season for a tracksuit, but the players started even more casually than the Italian against Burnley, who took until April to win away from home in the Premier League last season.
It took just 14 minutes for Cahill to be sent-off for a lunge on Steven Defour. Replays suggested Pawson’s decision to show his red card may have been harsh, but it was reckless from the England international.
Chelsea improved after halftime. Alvaro Morata, on as a second-half substitute, reduced the deficit in his first league start since a club-record move from Real Madrid for 58 million pounds ($75 million)
With Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Pedro Rodriguez injured and Victor Moses suspended, Chelsea had a threadbare match-day 18.
Jeremie Boga, a 20-year-old French forward, was even given a debut. It lasted only 18 minutes, when he was sacrificed as Conte reorganized following Cahill’s sending off.
“It was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good,” Conte said.
Chelsea, which won 17 of its 19 home games last season, became the second straight team to begin its league title defense with a loss, after Leicester last season.
Fabregas and Cahill will be suspended for Chelsea’s tough second match of the season, away to Tottenham at Wembley Stadium next weekend.
According to Uk telegraph, Boga’s Chelsea debut lasted just 18 minutes, as Conte reacted to Cahill’s red card by sending defender Andreas Christensen on to replace the winger.
The 10 men collapsed spectacularly in front of Conte’s eyes and a stunned Stamford Bridge, as Burnley took advantage of their extra man by claiming the lead through Sam Vokes.
The Wales international got to Matthew Lowton’s cross ahead of Luiz and steered the ball past Thibaut Courtois.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has suffered his own problems this summer, losing two of last season’s best players – defender Michael Keane and striker Andre Gray.