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

Danny Woods
August 13, 2017

Chelsea's start to their title defence could not have gone much worse as they slumped to an embarrassing defeat by relegation candidates Burnley on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

Vokes hooked in a scuffed finish under minimal pressure in the 24th minute as Chelsea players failed to react to Matt Lowton's cross.

The Stamford Bridge side were 3 goals down at half-time but they manage to score 2 to keep the score-line moderate for their supporters.

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"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".

Chelsea's fate was practically sealed just minutes later when Gary Cahill's challenge on Steven Defour was met with an immediately red card from referee Craig Pawson.

The Blues were better after the break and pulled a goal back when Alvaro Morata headed in on 69 minutes shortly after coming in as a substitute.

Vokes' second goal came just before the half as he found himself unmarked in the centre of the goal and flashed a header beyond the despairing Courtois.

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Any hope of an unlikely comeback looked to have disappeared when midfielder Cesc Fabregas was red-carded in the 81st after receiving his second booking.

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

Steve Mounie doubled their advantage with a powerful header and added a third in the 78th minute, as new Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer endured a miserable first game.

The champions won 19 of 21 matches across all competitions at Stamford Bridge last season while Burnley took a scant seven points at Turf Moor all season.

"I haven't seen it but my staff said it was a correct decision".

Cahill was made club captain following the departure of long-serving skipper John Terry at the end of last season. 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.

"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".

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