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Chelsea Show Spirit in Defeat to Burnley

13 August 2017

Gary Cahill has been sent off for Chelsea just 14 minutes into their Premier League title defence.

Chelsea became the first defending Premier League champions to concede three goals in their opening match of the season by making an abysmal start against Burnley.

A Joel Ward own goal and two from new signing Steve Mounie gave Huddersfield a 3-0 win away from home at Selhurst Park.

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Conte was without the injured Eden Hazard and out-of-favour striker Diego Costa, while £58 million ($75.5 million, 63.8 million euros) signing Morata started on the bench.

And four minutes later, Burnley incredibly scored a third.

Antonio Conte's team talk clearly galvanised the champions, however, and they looked much livelier in the second half. Six minutes before half-time, left-back Stephen Ward made it 2-0 in stunning fashion.

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Fabregas and Cahill will be suspended for Chelsea's tough second match of the season, away to Tottenham at Wembley Stadium next weekend.

Elsewhere on Saturday afternoon, West Brom beat Bournemouth 1-0 at The Hawthorns.

Turns out Morata can play, and his diving header met a classy bit of playmaking from Willian to make it 3-1 in the 69th minute.

Elsewhere, Miguel Britos scored a dramatic 93rd-minute equaliser for Watford as Liverpool were held to a thrilling 3-all draw at Vicarage Road.

Cesc Fabregas received his marching orders seven minutes before the end of the game for his second yellow card for a foul committed against Jack Cork.

"We're hoping we're learning, building a mentality, with an assured view of the Premier League". That doesn't seem to have changed in the offseason, as Jurgen Klopp never bought another defender to reinforce his back line.

Wayne Rooney crowned his first appearance for formative club Everton since 2004 by notching the victor in a 1-0 win over Stoke City, heading in Dominic Calvert-Lewin's cross for his 199th Premier League goal. Burnley may not be a sustainable Premier League club in the long term, but Dyche is a highly competent top-flight coach, more motivated than most by the desire to overcome the odds and confound his critics.

Chelsea Show Spirit in Defeat to Burnley