Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Alvaro Morata impact not enough as Burnley stun Chelsea

Alvaro Morata impact not enough as Burnley stun Chelsea

The Clarets made their numerical advantage count 10 minutes later as Vokes fired in his first of the afternoon from a Matt Lowton delivery.

Burnley led 3-0 at the break, with a brace from Sam Vokes and a Stephen Ward effort shocking Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

In the 82nd, Cesc Fabregas earned the champs their second red of the game, receiving his marching orders after be handed his second yellow card for a late challenge on Jack Cork.

It's a game the Blues really ought to win, though their opponents did establish themselves as a very solid mid-table outfit last season, and have strengthened in the transfer market.

Robbie Brady hit the post just a minute later for Burnley and Chelsea huffed and puffed in injury time to find the equalising goal but suffered their first opening day defeat in 20 years.

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The Blues were crowned champions in May after a scintillating debut campaign for Conte at Stamford Bridge but the Italian warned his side they can not repeat the same mistakes made under Jose Mourinho in 2015. 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. Me, I have to start to study a new formation with ten or nine players. I want to win today and I wanted to win, I wanted to win not send a message. Why?

Frank De Boer's Crystal Palace reign got off to a nightmare start as Huddersfield Town stormed to victory at Selhurst Park in their first ever Premier League match. The Chelsea supporters vented their anger towards referee Pawson, while the delirious Burnley fans sang: "We are top of the league!"

It was their first league match of the season.

Conte took heart from his side's second-half fightback, and the fact they were able to push Burnley so hard, but conceded they had left themselves with too much to do after their first-half capitulation. Chelsea lost the FA Cup and the Community Shield, and along with some mixed messages from Antonio Conte, it's clear that everything isn't roses at Stamford Bridge. But Watford were back ahead within three minutes when Abdoulaye Doucoure finished from close range, which meant Marco Silva's side went in ahead at half-time.

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