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Soccer-Dyche delight as Burnley ditch away blues to upset champions

Soccer-Dyche delight as Burnley ditch away blues to upset champions

The champions suffered their first opening-day loss for 19 years after failing to recover from a first half that saw Gary Cahill sent off before Burnley raced into a three-goal lead, courtesy of Sam Vokes' double and a superb Stephen Ward strike.

It is not since March 2014 that Chelsea have had two players sent off in the same game in the Premier League and only the seventh occasion on which it has happened in their Premier League history.

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There was no such nonsense from Antonio Conte, but he must be regretting his comment last month when he said 'wants to avoid a Mourinho season', referring to the 2015 meltdown.

Nearly a week on from attracting a fair bit of criticism for his substitute appearance in the Community Shield, the Spanish international made his home debut for the club, again coming on from the bench in Chelsea's Premier League opener against Burnley.

"After the red card [to Cahill] we lost our composure and conceded three goals".

Sensing the opportunity before them, Burnley continued to press against opponents who were creating nothing in the final third and in the space of four minutes before half-time they had powered out of sight. Luiz scores - A long ball forward from Azpilicueta, Morata knocks it on for Luiz into the box, and he lashes it past Heaton. We have huge players with lots of talent. Forget Gray, Vokes was the player Burnley couldn't afford to lose. The noise and everything just went to another level and we could have got something.

"The red card was a key moment".

That was until Luiz sprinted onto Morata's pass and volleyed in to bring the nine men to within a goal of Burnley. Blues fans will be worried that this is an omen of things to come, as their side appeared a shadow of the team who stormed to the league title last season.

Ward delivered a stunning shot from a tight angle for the second, but having been played in by a one-two he was allowed into a scoring position far too easily with N'golo Kante enabling him to escape.

Debutant Ahmed Hegazi's first-half header earned West Bromwich Albion a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, while Mauricio Pellegrino's tenure as Southampton manager began with a 0-0 draw at home to Swansea City.