Chelsea 2 Burnley 3

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 14, 2017

Captain Gary Cahill was sent to the sheds early in the first half before he was later joined by Cesc Fabregas in the 3-2 loss.

Sam Vokes scored twice and Stephen Ward struck a goal for the ages as the Clarets made the dream start to their Premier League campaign in a Stamford Bridge thriller. Given Conte's publicly-expressed misgivings about Chelsea FC's squad depth, the coming suspensions for Cahill and Fabregas will not make next week's trip to 2017 runners-up Tottenham any less of a headache for the Blues.

His second chance would stand, as he chopped a half volley past the mark of David Luiz and the dive of Thibaut Courtois.

Antonio Conte has revealed that he has been delighted by Michy Batshuayi's commitment and work-rate at Chelsea in pre-season.

He brushed aside questions about reported tension with Chelsea's board over signing new players and said he was not anxious because three key players - Eden Hazard, Pedro and Victor Moses - could return from injury and suspension for Chelsea's next game against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. It lasted only 18 minutes, when he was sacrificed as Conte reorganized following Cahill's sending off.

Dyche hinted he was unsure what approach Antonio Conte would deploy in the second half.

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The Brazilian also gave his thoughts on the difference between Conte and Mourinho in their approach to football and coaching. He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him.

"In the second half we were in that awkward predicament - do you attack or hold on to it?"

"Instead we conceded three goals and the second half was very hard to change the result, despite the great commitment, the great desire, the great will of my players".

The last time it happened, Man Utd (1967/68) & Man City (1968/69) were both reigning champions of the league and lost their first game of the following season.

There are three weeks left in the transfer window and Chelsea desperately need reinforcements, with the Champions League also on the schedule. The Belgian failed to make any sort of impact in the game, despite Fabregas trying his best to put him through.

"That's why I think it's harsh, but I've had many replays to see it looks harsh".

"I repeat: it is important for us to be concentrated on our work, to be focused every day in training and to try to work in our best way".

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