Burnley upsets Chelsea in EPL

Burnley upsets Chelsea in EPL

A Sam Vokes brace and a Stephen Ward thunderbolt helped Sean Dyche's men capitalsie on Gary Cahill's early red card and condemn the champions to an embarrassing opening day defeat.

Reduced to 10 men and 3-0 down at the break against a team they hadn't lost to since 1971, Chelsea did rouse themselves in the second half, playing with real vigour to push Burnley back.

"Chelsea have players of such calibre and to see the game through is so pleasing".

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.

But the youngster's debut lasted only 18 minutes as captain Gary Cahill was sent off for a studs-up challenge and he was replaced soon after.

After two minutes, Marcos Alsonso became the first Chelsea player of the season to go on the ref's book for a foul on Johann Berg Gudmunsson. Vokes, standing just behind him, beat Thibaut Courtois with a faint contact that dribbled perfectly into the far corner.

Chelsea had their first real chance at goal 11 minutes in when Cesar Azpilicueta's low cross was deflected and almost sat up for Willian to fire home in the centre of the goal.

"Your first win of course is always important when you are written off like we are every year".

Antonio Conte's side were better in the second half when summer signing Alvaro Morata headed in shortly after coming off the bench.

The Blues forced goalkeeper Tom Heaton into a couple of smart saves, in a hope of regaining a foothold in the match. David Luiz pulled back another to make it 3-2 and draw a roar of defiance around Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea won the title for the second time in three seasons in 2016/17, with Cahill featuring in 37 league games as the Blues kept 16 clean sheets.

The second half will shut will show whether the 10 man Chelsea could turn the match around.

Conte, looking exhausted and disgruntled, said he preferred not to talk about the referee who also sent off Cesc Fabregas in the 82nd minute after the Spaniard earned a second yellow card for an ill-timed tackle on former Chelsea man Jack Cork.