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Antonio Conte sees 'two faces' of Chelsea in shock defeat to Burnley

Antonio Conte sees 'two faces' of Chelsea in shock defeat to Burnley

Premier League champion, Chelsea lost its opening day fixture to Burnley 3-2 at home after Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas were sent off in the game.

The Blues trailed Burnley by three goals in the opening 45 minutes - and although they mustered a comeback in the second half, they only succeeded in making the scoreline look respectable at 2-3.

"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".

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. They still had the quality to peg Burnley back, particularly as the visitors exhausted as the second half wore on, but lacked subtlety in their approach. He scored off a Willian assist and then helped David Luiz to a goal with five minutes to play.

'We didn't lose the balance'.

Antonio Conte must have had some words with his side at half-time because Chelsea emerged energised after the break. Alonso had a fierce free kick well saved by Tom Heaton just after the hour mark.

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"He's brought on Morata and he's taken off Batshuayi".

Morata thought he had his second when he bundled the ball over the line from Christensen's cross, only to see the linesman had flagged for offside.

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.

Any chance of a Chelsea recovery appeared to be at an end with nine minutes left as Fabregas - who had been booked for sarcastically applauding a Pawson decision in the first half - received a second yellow for a foul on Cork.

It is only one game, yet the parallels with Chelsea's last defence of a Premier League title two seasons ago under Jose Mourinho were uncanny.

While he will have been consoled by the sight of Alvaro Morata getting on the scoresheet on his debut and Luiz's thumping volley late on, Conte has been left with plenty to ponder ahead of their next match against Tottenham.


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