Burnley upsets Chelsea in EPL

Chelsea's title defence has gotten off to a terrible start 3-0 down and a man down

Chelsea's title defence has gotten off to a terrible start 3-0 down and a man down

Abuja (Sundiata Post) - Reigning champions Chelsea posted an absolutely miserable first half performance reminiscent of 2015-16, and Burnley held on against the 10- and then 9-man Blues for a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Diego Costa is apparently going to play no part in the Blues' push to defend the league title this season - he is said to have been exiled by Conte via text - and was this past week spotted in Brazil playing a game of footy with his mates. "After this red card we lost our composure", the Italian told reporters.

GARY CAHILL WAS sent off less than 15 minutes into his first Premier League game as Chelsea club captain. Andreas Christensen made his debut as a sub for debutant Jeremie Boga, and Burnley took advantage of an unfamiliar Chelsea back three. He scored off a Willian assist and then helped David Luiz to a goal with five minutes to play. Vokes, standing just behind him, beat Thibaut Courtois with a faint contact that dribbled perfectly into the far corner. "The sending-off made a difference and I thought we did really, really well to handle that and keep the ball and create chances", he said.

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Antonio Conte must have had some words with his side at half-time because Chelsea emerged energised after the break.

Alvaro Morata, on as a second-half substitute, reduced the deficit in his first league start since a club-record move from Real Madrid for 58 million pounds ($75 million). Alonso had a fierce free kick well saved by Tom Heaton just after the hour mark.

Conte will have some thinking to do, along with the board, as both Cahill and Fabregas will be missing for next week's match with Tottenham Hotspur.

Pressure on Guardiola, Mourinho to deliver on investment
Paul Pogba admits that Manchester United need to be "winning everything" if they are to be considered "big" again. Both Guardiola and Mourinho could argue that their first seasons were transitional campaigns.

The Spaniard was shown a second yellow card in the 81st minute at Stamford Bridge after a foul on Jack Cork.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte joked that he will prepare his side to go down to 10 men for the next game.

Counting the red cards received by Victor Moses in last season's FA Cup final and Pedro Rodriguez in last weekend's FA Community Shield against Arsenal, Chelsea have now had four men sent off in their past three matches, and Conte admitted that he is concerned by the regularity of his team's disciplinary issues.

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All eyes will be on Lukaku today as United's £75million man makes his debut against the Hammers today. "Cup competitions are special because it is a slightly different feeling".

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