Chelsea Unravel in Premier League Opener Loss To Burnley

Cahill was sent off for a late lunge after just 14 minutes

Chelsea got off to the worst possible defence of their Premier League title as they fell 3-2 to Burnley at home.

But Burnley did put up a discipline, energetic and ruthless display that saw them 3-0 up before half-time, with Sam Vokes netting twice either side of a Stephen Ward goal.

The story of the match was nearly 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.

Chelsea's title defence has gotten off to a awful start, 3-0 down and a man down.

"It's rare for any game in the Premier League to be three goals up at halftime, but particularly so when you are down at Chelsea".

Disjointed and embarrassed in the first half, Chelsea threatened to mount the most unlikely of comebacks in a stirring second-half display, but just failed to overcome their numerical disadvantage.

Most people were expecting a relatively comfortable afternoon for the champions but their task got a lot more hard when Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Steven Defour in just the 14th minute.

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They had to battle to hold on to the three points, Alvaro Morata coming off the bench to score, before setting up a late David Luiz strike that arrived after Cesc Fabregas had been sent off as Chelsea were reduced to nine men.

"I'm not anxious because we have to trust in our work".

The Spaniard arrived at Stamford Bridge with a hefty price tag but it didn't seem to phase him as he came on as a second half substitute. "The sending-off made a difference and I thought we did really, really well to handle that and keep the ball and create chances", he said.

Asked if he was concerned by the situation, the Italian said: "No, I'm not anxious".

"In the next game I don't know if Pedro is able to recover from his injury, but for sure we'll have two players out for a ban, Cahill and Fabregas".

"A lot was made of our away form last season, and don't get me wrong, that doesn't correct it".

The Clarets survived in the Premier League due to a strong home record last season but were atrocious away from Turf Moore, winning just one game throughout the campaign.

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