Champions Chelsea reduced to nine and beaten 3-2 by Burnley

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Chelsea Transfer News Baker contract Drinkwater odds Barkley hope

Chelsea began their defence of the Premier League title with an appalling start to the 2017/18 campaign, losing 3-2 at home to Burnley. The Blues couldn't have played a worse first half of football, falling behind to Burnley 3-0 before getting up off the canvas and clawing two back in the second half to finish the match 3-2.

Morata had just 30 minutes to somehow help spark a revival from three-goals down and pulled one back in the 70th minute with a neat header, diving in to nod Willian's cross into the far corner.

Burnley then took the lead in the 23rd minute when Sam Vokes fired home from close range, following a cross from Matt Lowton.

Nevertheless, Burnley managed to see out the closing stages to claim a famous victory at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez, and Tiemoue Bakayoko are injured, striker Diego Costa is estranged, and Conte has a threadbare squad after selling midfield anchorman Nemanja Matic to rival Manchester United and loaning out numerous club's youngsters.

After the opening game of the season on Friday produced seven goals and a late victor for Arsenal, who beat Leicester City 4-3, the two teams at Vicarage Road served up more of the same entertainment for a worldwide television audience - including some poor defending.

Asked about the referee Craig Pawson's performance in sending off first Cahill and then Cesc Fàbregas, Conte offered a long pause before saying: "I prefer not to comment on the referee's decisions or the performance of the referee".

Who will be the first managerial casualty of the new season? Me, I have to start to study a new formation with ten or nine players. "No, if we're honest", said Burnley manager Sean Dyche.

"In the last three official games we have finished with nine or 10 men". I want to win today and I wanted to win, I wanted to win not send a message. Why?

"It's a big win for us because they're a fine side".

Mounie's goals were the first repayments on his club-record £11.4 million transfer from Montpellier and sent the Yorkshire club to the top of the fledgling standings.

Drinkwater has made 218 appearances for Leicester in his six years with the club, scoring 14 goals and winning the Premier League and the Championship during his time in the East Midlands.

Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi, on loan to West Bromwich Albion from Al Ahly, scored on his debut in the 1-0 win at home to Bournemouth.

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