Antonio Conte furious with poor Chelsea players

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

Chelsea's Premier League title defence got off to the worst possible start as they crashed to a shock 3-2 defeat to Burnley and had two players sent off at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. "After this red card we lost our composure", the Italian told reporters.

In other Saturday games, Wayne Rooney scored the only goal as Everton edged out Stoke City at Goodison Park, newly promoted Huddersfield stunned Crystal Palace 3-0 away from home and Swansea held Southampton to a 0-0 draw.

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"They opened up the pitch even more with 10 men, which put us on the back foot a little in the second half, but that's to be expected".

A red card for the captain, Gary Cahill, on 13 minutes was followed by goals from Sam Vokes, Steven Ward and Vokes again as Burnley produced a performance as controlled and purposeful as Chelsea were flaccid.

Chelsea fought back to score two goals, but were reduced to nine men when Cesc Fabregas was dismissed and were unable to net an equaliser.

Morata's first goal in the blue of Chelsea came on 68 minutes when he stooped to head home a brilliant cross from Willian and give the Stamford Bridge faithful a bit of hope.

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes his side's famous 3-2 Premier League victory at champions Chelsea quietens their doubters.

"I am not anxious, I am ready to fight with these players".

There were 39 minutes on the clock when Ward controlled Jack Cork's lofted pass and steered a superb shot beyond Thibaut Courtois from a tight ankle. They still had the quality to peg Burnley back, particularly as the visitors exhausted as the second half wore on, but lacked subtlety in their approach.

"We didn't lose our shape, we did the basics well, kept it simple, kept the ball simply, created enough chances and took them".

He said: 'I think Alvaro has good space to improve.

"And your first away win is important after last season [not getting one until April], so it kills a few things off early doors".

"Instead we conceded three goals and the second half was very hard to change the result, despite the great commitment, the great desire, the great will of my players".

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