It was indeed a sad Premier League opening for Chelsea today at the Stamford Bridge after losing 2-3 to visiting Burnley.
The Blues started the match relatively well, dominating the ball and forcing Burnley into some uncomfortable defending. The makeshift front line of Michy Batshuayi, Willian and 20-year-old Jeremie Boga looked lively with Cesc Fabregas pulling the strings from midfield.
Chelsea, to their credit, came out well in the second half, and pulled one back in the 70th minute through substitute, and record signing, Alvaro Morata, who finished easily from Willian’s cross. That gave new life to the Blues’ attack as Burnley dropped further and further back trying to protect their lead.
Morata had the ball in the back of the net again five minutes later, but his goal was correctly called back for offside. With Chelsea building momentum, and the Clarets looking increasingly fragile, Cesc Fabregas was sent off for his second yellow card.
Conte’s side, undeterred, pulled another goal back, this time through David Luiz. But it was ultimately too little too late, as the defending Premier League champions’ terrible first half proved the difference.