Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Chelsea's concerns mount with surprise loss to Burnley

Chelsea's concerns mount with surprise loss to Burnley

"We scored three good goals and I think when you are talking about who you are playing against and where you are playing, that's up there as one of the best 45 minutes of my time here", said the manager, who joined Burnley in 2012. The composure of the Chelsea players disappeared for the remainder of a half that will not be quickly forgotten.

"I don't want to comment on the referee, absolutely not".

Burnley, a team that registered one away win all last season, found themselves 3-0 up at half-time following the sending off of Chelsea captain Gary Cahill inside the first 15 minutes.

Chelsea had their first real chance at goal 11 minutes in when Cesar Azpilicueta's low cross was deflected and almost sat up for Willian to fire home in the centre of the goal.

After the opening game of the season on Friday produced seven goals and a late victor for Arsenal, who beat Leicester City 4-3, the two teams at Vicarage Road served up more of the same entertainment for a worldwide television audience - including some poor defending.

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And boss Conte, who is set to fine bad-boy Diego Costa £300,000 for going AWOL, blasted: "We just lost our heads".

Goals from substitute Alvaro Morata and David Luiz brought Chelsea back into the game, but Cesc Fabregas's dismissal for two bookable offences meant Conte's men finished the game with nine men. Last year, then-champion Leicester lost at Hull 2-1 in its first match and its fortunes improved only after manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked.

"I am not anxious because we have to trust in our work and today there were three injured players, Pedro, Hazard, Bakayoko, one player missed for a ban in Moses".

"Instead, we conceded three goals and the second half was very hard to change the final result, despite the great commitment, great desire and great will of my players".

As we always tell you at this point, we're not permitted to show you footage of the goal. "He needs to see it", said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

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Alvaro Morata reduced the deficit on his first league start since a club-record move from Real Madrid for 58 million pounds ($75 million) in the 69th, as Chelsea improved after halftime.

NAN also reports that Wayne Rooney scored the winning goal on his top-flight return to Everton after 13 years.

Southampton were held to a goalless draw by Swansea at St Mary's Stadium, as West Brom beat Bournemouth 1-nil.

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

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