The match Chelsea vs Burnley started with high expectations from the defending champions. All pundits and predictions were pointing towards an easy opening game for the Champions in the Premier League season 2017/18. However, Sean Dyche’s Burnley has other plans. The match started with the following lineups:
CHE XI: Courtois; Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Boga
BUR XI: Heaton; Lowton, Tarkowsi, Mee, Ward; Cork, Defour; Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Brady; Vokes
The match kicked off with an even possession and sloppy Chelsea play. Chelsea were throwing in clumsy challenges when the blues Captain, Gary Cahill plunged on Steven Defour right in front of the referee Craig Pawson’s eyes. The referee was quick to draw the red card and Chelsea are down to 10 men in the 14th minute!
Conte replies with a substitution with Andreas Christensen replacing Jeremie Boga, an appearance after over 2 years. Chelsea’s bench for today’s match was quite inexperienced and Conte did not have many choices.
Chelsea’s worries increased after Voakes scored from a right-footed shot after a cross from Lowton into the box in the 24th minute. Courtois was left struggling as he desperately tried to keep the ball out. CHELSEA 0 – 1 BURNLEY
Blues regain possession after that but were unable to convert. Even in the 36th minute, Chelsea was without a shot on target. In the 39th minute, Cork found ward at the edge of the box who shot a blazing strike into the top right corner. CHELSEA 0 – 2 BURNLEY.
Right before half time, in the 43rd minute, Defour who was earlier fouled by Cahill, found Vokes in the box who headed it cleanly past Courtois. CHELSEA 0 – 3 BURNLEY. Antonio Conte looks to the ground in shame and heads back into the dressing room.
The second half of Chelsea vs Burnley kicked off and Chelsea showed signs of life after Marcos’ free-kick was ‘just’ saved by Heaton. Conte subs Michy Batshuayi out for Alvaro Morata in the 58th minute. In the 69th minute, Willian gives a cross in the box and MORATA cashes in with a header. CHELSEA 1 – 3 BURNLEY.
Blues have hope and are testing Heaton after the first goal. However, this wasn’t to last as in the 81st minute Cesc Fabregas is sent off by Craig Pawlson for a challenge on Cork.
The match turned interesting late in the 88th minute as Morata flicks the ball to David Luiz who fired it into the net. CHELSEA 2 – 3 BURNLEY. Burnley’s manager called all the players to defend aggressively. Chelsea delivers its final substitution in the 90th minute when Christensen is replaced by Musonda. One final chance came before the whistle but Morata was unable to react quickly enough.
It was possibly the worst possible start for the defending champions as the match ended Chelsea 2 – 3 Burnley with 9 men down. Antonio Conte has his work cut out for their next clash against the might Tottenham away from home.