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Chelsea 2-3 Burnley: 9-man Blues almost come back

Chelsea 2-3 Burnley: 9-man Blues almost come back

Most people were expecting a relatively comfortable afternoon for the champions but their task got a lot more hard when Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Steven Defour in just the 14th minute.

Another simple short free-kick saw the ball pinged into the Chelsea penalty area and unmarked Vokes smashed home a powerful header into the ball of the net.

Burnley's form at home and away contrasted sharply last season.

The Premier League champions have already invested heavily in their squad, spending just over £120 million on bringing Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger to Stamford Bridge.

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It has been a baptism of fire for the former Real Madrid striker, who missed a penalty in the Community Shield defeat against Arsenal last week, but Conte was full of praise for the Spain worldwide.

Conte made a tactical reshuffle after Cahill's exit, Andreas Christensen coming on for Jeremie Boga, who had been named a surprise debutant due to Pedro's injury.

Stephen Ward scored a stunner as Burnley went into the break 3-0 ahead. Vokes, standing just behind him, beat Thibaut Courtois with a faint contact that dribbled perfectly into the far corner.

But the fight-back after being reduced to 10 men and eventually nine men does show that the players are fighting for the manager, and that's a marked difference from that season of palpable discord.

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Turns out Morata can play, and his diving header met a classy bit of playmaking from Willian to make it 3-1 in the 69th minute.

Had Morata not touched a goal-bound Christensen shot over the line five minutes later, it would have been 3-2 sooner.

A frantic finale continued at the other end as Brady hit the woodwork with a set-piece as Burnley ultimately held on through four minutes of added for a famous triumph that piles the pressure on Chelsea after their tumultuous close-season.

Conte, looking exhausted and disgruntled, said he preferred not to talk about the referee who also sent off Cesc Fabregas in the 82nd minute after the Spaniard earned a second yellow card for an ill-timed tackle on former Chelsea man Jack Cork.

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