Chelsea set Premier League first with opening-day indiscipline

Antonio Conte Chelsea Burnley Stamford Bridge
GETTY Antonio Conte’s Chelsea welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge tomorrow
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13 Agosto, 2017

Chelsea made a dismal start to their Premier League title defence as they fell to a 3-2 defeat by Burnley that featured red cards for Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas. All seemed lost when Fabregas earned a second yellow card for lunging in on Cork nine minutes from time.

David Luiz did get another back but it was too little too late for nine-man Chelsea and Antonio Conte wouldn't comment on the referee after the match.

Prior to Saturday's match, the Blues had not had a player sent off in 41 league games stretching back to John Terry's red against Sunderland at the end of the 2015-16 season.

"It was a fantastic three points and the referee, I just want to say, was fantastic today".

Chelsea did their best to launch a positive response, but the Blues were struggling, and Burnley incredibly doubled their lead in the 39th minute when Stephen Ward broke into the home side's box before finding the top corner with a stunning strike.

There have been times when Burnley have been too honest.

"We controlled the counter-attacks and we didn't concede one chance", Guardiola told BBC Sport.

Conte was without the injured Eden Hazard and out-of-favour striker Diego Costa, while £58 million ($75.5 million, 63.8 million euros) signing Morata started on the bench. We have to improve a lot on this aspect, because a situation of this type can happen.

Liverpool were denied a winning start as Miguel Britos claimed a contentious stoppage-time leveller to earn Watford a 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road.

That was until Luiz sprinted onto Morata's pass and volleyed in to bring the nine men to within a goal of Burnley. This time it was Defour who curled the ball into the area. It's obvious because the linesman is on the line.

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

Mounie's goals were the first repayments on his club-record £11.4 million transfer from Montpellier and sent the Yorkshire club to the top of the fledgling standings.

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.

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


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