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EPL: Burnley stun nine-man Chelsea

EPL: Burnley stun nine-man Chelsea

Chelsea had Captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off and Burnley took full advantage through Vokes's brace and a superb Stephen Ward's effort.

Alvaro Morata is up and running for Chelsea.

But Burnley held on to claim a first win at Stamford Bridge since 1971, and leave Conte lamenting the early dismissal of Cahill for putting his side on the backfoot. Chelsea begin the new season with a surprise defeat. I have to try to adapt a new system and to anticipate this situation of playing with nine or 10 men in the next game.

"I think these are good signings for us", Conte told Sky Sports on Wednesday.

To the disgust of Conte, Burnley grabbed a third just before half time following a brilliant cross from deep by Defour as Vokes rose highest to head in.

"After the red card we lost our heads, conceded two goals and then it's very hard to change the final result".

"Behind the scenes he'll be saying the same message, but in a different way: 'This is going to be difficult and this is how we overcome that, by working hard and by doing the extra bits even more than we did a year ago'".

Lampard, who scored 147 times for the Blues in the top flight, feels Conte is the best possible man in charge of the club where he spent 13 hugely successful seasons.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had an answer, pointing to Chelsea sending numerous players out on loan, but Conte insisted: "I'm not looking for sympathy of any coaches for this situation".

"I repeat: my only task is to focus on the pitch, what happens on the pitch, during the training session to work with my players".

Chelsea down to 9 men.

No wonder the Italian coach cuts a frustrated figure heading into the start of Chelsea's Premier League title defense. Having also struggled throughout pre-season, the Blues will have to show serious improvement if they want to kick off the new campaign with a win.

"Today big decisions changed the outcome, quite obviously", the Burnley manager said.

"I think it's fair to say Chelsea are a powerful team and will probably be right up there again this year". "At 3-0 up we should have made it safer, but we got there in the end".

Going into Saturday's home match against Burnley, it could even be argued that Chelsea is beginning the season in a weaker position despite a summer outlay of around 140 million pounds ($180 million).

Manchester United are the only side to lose their first Premier League game of a season and still go on to win the title.


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