Burnley Stun Nine-Man Chelsea At The Bridge

Conte returned to his mantra from last season that the team needed to work hard to produce results and he pointed out that Chelsea had finished their last three games without all 11 of their players on the pitch.

He ought to have been closer to Burnley striker Vokes when Matthew Lowton curled in a 24th minute cross, but the Welshman was given space to clip a volley off Luiz's heels and past Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea had an inauspicious start to the season when they lost Cahill to a straight red card within the first 15 minutes and Sam Vokes opened the scoring for Burnley at Stamford Bridge midway through the first half.

Morata pulled one back on his debut following his summer move from Real Madrid, and although Fabregas saw red for a second bookable offence, David Luiz netted in the closing minutes to set up a nervous final few minutes for the visitors.

After a one-two with the excellent Jack Cork, Ward strode onto the return pass and let fly with a rasping left-foot shot that flew into the top-right corner.

Would any of this have happened with Cahill on the field? Chelsea begin the new season with a surprise defeat. The composure of the Chelsea players disappeared for the remainder of a half that will not be quickly forgotten.

Antonio Conte's team suffered without the suspended Victor Moses and the injured duo of Eden Hazard and Pedro.

Wayne Rooney scored the decisive goal on his second Everton debut as the big-spending Merseysiders beat Stoke City 1-0 at Goodison Park.

Conte will have some thinking to do, along with the board, as both Cahill and Fabregas will be missing for next week's match with Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea lost their heads temporarily, with Fabregas' decision to sarcastically applaud a Pawson decision, earning his first yellow, later coming back to haunt him when he clipped Cork's heel in the 81st minute.

Morata was a half-yard offside when he slid to tap home a Christiansen cross that could've made it 3-2 in the 73rd.

Burnley stood firm, their solid performance based on last season's template.

Where Conte and Chelsea go from here will be of considerable interest in the weeks ahead.

  • Ricardo Clara