Aug 12, 2017
Gary Cahill

Chelsea thumped by Burnley in opening day disaster

Chelsea have began the season in the worst possible way after a 3-2 defeat to Burnley on Saturday.

The Blues saw two red cards in the game, making a comeback almost impossible. The referee’s decision would be contested all week by Chelsea but Antonio Conte’s players did themselves in.

Gary Cahill began the list of talking points wit a lunge on Burnley midfielder Steven Defour. Referee Craig Pawson sent him off and Conte brought on Andreas Christensen for Premier League debutant Jeremie Boga.

Shortly afterwards, the Clarets had scored their first goal of the season through Sam Vokes with the faintest of touches that evaded the outstretched arms of Thibaut Courtois.

The second goal came out of nowhere as former Blues youngster Jack Cork hit an inviting free kick in that met Stephen Ward’s header.

Conte stood and watched as his side were torn apart by another Vokes goal shortly before halftime.

After halftime, Chelsea threw all they could against the resilient Burnley. Alvaro Morata was introduced on the hour mark and proved the inspiring difference from then on.

He scored his much needed debut goal to give Chelsea fans some hope.

In between his first Chelsea goal and his other telling contribution to the game, Cesc Fabregas was also sent off for a second yellow card, after a late tackle.

David Luiz on the scorer of Chelsea’s second goal and Morata was the man to register his name on the assist sheet. The former Real Madrid forward flicked a ball over his head into the path of Luiz who hit it hard and low past Heaton.

In the end, Chelsea had tried everything to recover in this game but all attempts proved futile.

Antonio Conte will have further evidence to show the club’s board why he needs more players in this transfer window.

A nightmare start is underway as Chelsea prepare to face Tottenham Hotspur away from home next week.