Alvaro Morata scores his first goal for Chelsea in defeat to Burnley

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was delighted after his team ditched their label as poor travellers to pull off a shock 3-2 win at champions Chelsea, who finished with nine men, on Saturday.

Red cards for Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas reduced Chelsea to nine men, but that didn't stop the Blues from having a chance to equalise in the dying minutes.

The story of the match was almost encapsulated in the first few minutes of play when Marcos Alonso's reckless challenge was punished with a yellow and Ben Mee headed straight at Thibault Courtois from the ensuing free kick.

After beating Tottenham to the Premier League title last season, the Blues can expect a fired up performance from their London rivals in their temporary Wembley home next Sunday. The visitors were also assisted by disarray in the Chelsea defence in spite of the introduction of Andreas Christensen to replace unfortunate debutant Jeremie Boga.

There was no such nonsense from Antonio Conte, but he must be regretting his comment last month when he said 'wants to avoid a Mourinho season', referring to the 2015 meltdown.

That's all for now, we'll be back around 2:30PM (UK time) to round-up on the day's events so far and get stuck into the 3PM fixtures! "We tried our best but at the end of the day football is about results and we lost".

"Why do I have to send a message? Why?"

"In our pre-season, in every pre-season, I played our best formation and I did the same against Burnley".

"We conceded three goals too easily".

After N'Golo Kante had seen a shot deflected onto the roof of the net in first-half stoppage time and Marcos Alonso had been denied by Tom Heaton, Willian began to haul Chelsea back into the contest.

And Chelsea waved the underdogs through for the third as an unmarked Vokes met Defour's sublime cross with a unstoppable header.

"The equaliser was offside".

West Brom, fresh off handing Tony Pulis a one-year contract extension, host Bournemouth at the Hawthorns, with Jay Rodriguez looking to hit the ground running following an injury-hit few years at Southampton.

Nine-man Chelsea fought gallantly to reduce the tally and it paid off as David Luiz scored the second goal for Chelsea to make it 3-2.

Late goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud earned Arsenal a 4-3 win over Leicester in Friday's frantic opening game.

  • Ricardo Clara


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