Morata Shines But Burnley Stun Chelsea, Rooney Bags Everton Winner

Morata Shines But Burnley Stun Chelsea, Rooney Bags Everton Winner

The champions slumped to a 3-2 opening day defeat against unfancied Burnley, shipping three goals in the first half after Cahill was sent off for a unsafe tackle.

Diego Costa is apparently going to play no part in the Blues' push to defend the league title this season - he is said to have been exiled by Conte via text - and was this past week spotted in Brazil playing a game of footy with his mates.

Conte, in an interview with the BBC after their 3-2 loss to Burnley on Saturday, stated that he was focused on working with the players at his disposal.

Vokes, who scored two of those goals in the first half, admits his side were sloppy to allow Chelsea back into the game but feels after an atrocious away record a year ago, it was a huge result for the team and the club.

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

Matt Lowton's right-wing cross found Vokes and he sent a bouncing volley into the far corner, with Thibaut Courtois unable to get across in time. I'm very proud for this but today I saw two faces: "one positive in the second half and one negative in the first half".

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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.

The Blues forced goalkeeper Tom Heaton into a couple of smart saves, in a hope of regaining a foothold in the match.

Antonio Conte had to bring off Jeremie Boga, and Andreas Christensen took a spot in the back three, leaving Chelsea with Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Christensen, and Marcos Alonso as backs.

While he will have been consoled by the sight of Alvaro Morata getting on the scoresheet on his debut and Luiz's thumping volley late on, Conte has been left with plenty to ponder ahead of their next match against Tottenham.

Chelsea won the title for the second time in three seasons in 2016/17, with Cahill featuring in 37 league games as the Blues kept 16 clean sheets.

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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