Date: 12th August 2017 at 4:46pm
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Chelsea slipped to defeat, at home to Burnley in a thrilling game laced with incident.

With a squad lacking through injury Hazard, Bakayoko and Pedro and with Moses suspended and with Diego Costa not part of Conte`s plans anymore, the lack of depth was alarmingly obvious when the names on the substitutes bench were announced. As for our new record signing, Morata was only awarded a place on the bench.

Chelsea started the half well, a good ball from Fabregas almost found Batshuayi but Heaton, in the Burnley goal, rushed out to claim the ball. Minutes later another ball from Fabregas found Azpilicueta but the Spaniard`s ball-in wasn`t up to scratch.

In the thirteenth minute Chelsea created their first real chance of the game when Batshuayi fed Azpilicueta and when his low cross came in it almost found Willian but some good defending from Tarkowski saw Burnley clear their lines.

A minute later Chelsea were down to ten-men when Cahill overrun a ball and his studs up challenge on Defour saw the referee, Craig Pawson, show a straight red card.

Fabregas was the next to feel the wrath of the referee, receiving a yellow card for some sarcastic applause, it`s fair to say Pawson wasn`t making himself the most popular person inside Stamford Bridge.

Burnley, in the twentieth minute thought they`d scored when Vokes headed home but the goal was disallowed after Tarkowski was adjudged to have fouled Christensen who had come on for Boga as Conte stuck with his back-three.

In the twenty-fourth minute Burnley did take the lead when Vokes did get his name on the score-sheet, netting from twelve yards out, from a cross from Lowton, with the ball going in the bottom far corner beating Courtois who perhaps could have done better.

Chelsea 0 Burnley 1 (Vokes – 20 mins)

Willian tried to force the issue trying to burst through but Tardowski once again produced a good interception. Ten-men Chelsea were being out-done possession wise by a Burnley side relishing the moment.

Burnley, when pressed back, were dealing well with any Chelsea pressure but were looking to counter-attack, with pace, whenever possible and Rudiger, on his Premier League debut was forced into a great piece of defending when Brady looked dangerous.

Alonso, having previously delivered a cross straight into the arms of Heaton then saw a low shot kept out by that man Tardowski again. Kante, as industrious as ever in midfield, tried to find Azpilicueta with a through ball but it sped out of play on the lush Stamford Bridge turf.

Azpilicueta, now wearing the captains` armband, was starting to feature prominently with his raids forward as Chelsea pressed for an equaliser.

But in the thirty-ninth minute, the one goal deficit became two when Ward scored. The goal came from a free-kick which was taken shot, worked well and volleyed into the far corner by Ward.

Chelsea 0 Burnley 2 (Ward – 30 mins)

But matters were to get worse before half-time when Vokes, with a header, extend Burnley`s lead, after losing his marker, David Luiz. A nightmare start of the defence of the Premier League title by Chelsea.

Chelsea 0 Burnley 3 (Vokes – 43 mins)

Two goals in four minutes have made that mountain Chelsea had to climb something akin to Mount Everest.

Chelsea, with the half-time whistle approaching, saw a curled effort from Kante turned around the post for a corner.

Stamford Bridge was a sea of shocked faces as the whistle for half time sounded. What changes would Antonio Conte enforce at half-time to try and stop Chelsea slipping to a home defeat on the seasons` opening day for twenty-four years.

Half-Time – Chelsea 0 Burnley 3

As we awaited the start of the second half, Chelsea from being favourites to win this fixture had slipped to 66-1.

Didn`t I read somewhere that when the 1955 title winning side started their defence of the title they played Burnley in the first fixture of the following season and slipped to a 5-0 defeat?

The second half started with Conte switching to four at the back, Christensen, Rudiger, Luiz and Alonso but no further changes were made.

Rudiger, pushing forward, tried to reduce the arrears but his effort drifted wide. Heaton then produced a fine save from Alonso`s long-range shot as Chelsea upped the ante and tried to force their way back into the game.

Alonso forced a corner, with fifty-three minutes gone, but it was headed clear by Vokes. Two minutes later Alonso saw his cross hit the arm of Lowton but a penalty appeal was turned down by Craig Pawson.

The referee, in awarding a free-kick when Fabregas appeared to have won the ball further incensed the Stamford Bridge crowd. Burnley, looking to rub more salt in the wounds saw a header, from a corner, by Vokes drift wide.

On the hour mark Morata was given his Premier League debut when he was brought on to replace Batshuayi. Could the Spaniard induce the miracle needed to rescue something from the game?

Was it the substitution you`d have opted for or would you have gone two up-front?

The Spaniards first piece of the action saw a long-range shot fly over the bar. Alonso saw his free-kick whipped over the wall and then tipped over the bar by Heaton as Chelsea desperately looked for a way back into this game. The free-kick came after Willian was blocked some thirty-yards out by Brady.

After Morata was brought down by Mee, earning the defender a yellow card, David Luiz saw his effort, from a Fabregas pass, fly over the bar.

Morata, then reduced the arrears with a diving header to make it 3-1, with the Spaniard scoring on his Premier League debut for Chelsea, getting in between wo defenders to glance a cross from Willian past Heaton.

Chelsea 1 Burnley 3 (69 – mins)

The goal improved confidence in the Chelsea ranks, suddenly the players wanted the ball and taking responsibility for their actions. Azpilicueta fizzed a cross in from out wide but Heaton was on hand to collect it.

The ball was soon in the net again, when Christensen and Willian combined and Morata sticking it in from two-yards was deemed to be offside, but would it have gone in without that assist from the Spaniard?

Alonso was caught with a high challenge by Arfield and the Burnley player quite rightly received a yellow card. Luiz was then booked after questioning one decision made by Craig Pawson too many., this time disputing an offside decision given against Morata.

With the game entering the last ten minutes, Kante tried his luck from the edge of the box but his shot had too much movement and drifted away from the goal.

Seconds later Chelsea were reduced to nine-men when Fabregas was given a second yellow card, for a challenge on Cork, meaning the Spaniard will be another who misses the game against Tottenham next weekend.

Although the crowd were singing ‘3-1 to the referee` Pawson was given no choice, Fabregas will rue that first yellow card for a sarcastic clap.

Morata, still trying his best, saw a shot take a deflection of Cork, taking the pace off it enabling Heaton to make an easy save.

Although down to nine-men Chelsea were still trying to push forward, reducing the arrears further when David Luiz rushed into the penalty area to side-volley home the ball after Morata and Azpilicueta had been involved.

Chelsea 2 Burnley 3 (Luiz – 88 mins)

Burnley almost scored a fourth when, from a free-kick, Brady hit the foot of the post.

Four minutes of injury time were announced prompting a huge roar from the Chelsea faithful, but Burnley were keeping possession.

Halfway through stoppage time Musonda was thrown on in place of Christensen. A long free-kick was ushered out of the box by Burnley as time became of paramount importance.

One final chance fell to Chelsea but it hit the leg of Morata.

But Burnley hung on for an historic win, let the inquest begin.


113 Replies to “Chelsea 2 Burnley 3”

  • Lets see what the transfer window brings this week, cause lord knows we need something. Please i hope for more than a 18 mill bid for Drinkwater (the rejected one was 15 mill).

  • The negatives; Cahill, TC continues to give me serious doubts in the post. He should certainly have done way better on the first and third Burnley goals..he is supposed to be world class..this display was well below average. Bats was really poor and clearly Cesar as good as his defensively is no wing back.
    The positives; David Luis is our real captain and maybe we do need Virgil Van Dick after all. Moratta is the real deal..he was immense today. Kante played like two men as usual. The fight back in the second half was epic playing 9 vs 12 (The ref was obviously an extra Burnley player). We actually had three goals scored but the ref and his merry band of robbers found a convenient technicality to disallow Andreas Christensens good goal.
    The lessons are obvious; We need two Wing backs signed ASAP, we need another mid fielder and it is obvious we need LLorente. Moratta is wonderful but Bats on todays display against mediocre opposition is nothing but a third string poacher.

  • The whole officiating was controversial. However, I put much of the on Cahill. He was too rash in his challenge while Batshuayi is only good for a mid table team. Morata is proving his mettle.

  • Nothing much to say here, shame we lost. Batshuayi has to go on loan, or accept he will be 3rd choice. And I am not saying this because of today’s match, against top opposition (asides Arsenal), he has been average at best. No emotions in football, If i were him I will head out on loan because he will be 3rd choice here, by the end of the window. Now the board has to make signings this week. it if forced. Daniel drinkwater maybe or a surprise. But we will make at least one signing this week. Its not all bad news. Also, lf we can get VVD, lets get him. I am not sure how much longer Cahill has at top level, before he lets us down mid way through the season

  • I was supposed to fly to London this morning for the game; missed my flight, unfortunately. I was hoping for a thumping win to soften the blow. The referee was not great, but CAPTAIN Cahill continues to let the team down.
    Here are my thoughts on the game:

    1. I’ve been defending him for a long time, but unfortunately it seems Batshuayi isn’t Chelsea level; goal scorer or not, He isn’t good enough when we’re chasing the game or does not have enough of the ball.

    2. Based on today’s showing, Morata is fantastic, I think we can all forget the Torres comparisons now.

    3. Christensen is fantastic, better than Rudiger in my view and I think Cahill shouldn’t just walk back into the team (wouldn’t even mind if he’s gradually eased out of the first 11).

    4. The feeling of deja vu 15/16 is live and well except we buy new players (at least 4/5). I do hope we have learnt by now, but not look good at the moment.

    5. I?m not very positive about the spurs game – we have a single CM now – how do we set up? This is not a going to be a very happy start to the season I posit.

    In conclusion, I think we have a little cause to be a bit optimistic about things (Morata, Christensen, Hazard and Bakayoko to come back from injury). Let?s hope we add to these and I expect we would be fine, maybe not the tittle but at least a challenge can be expected.

  • One goal and an assist in one match that is the stuff of a quality striker. The poor officiating aside, we desperately need a second striker, Bats is a flash in the pan. I hope the loss today would be an eye opener to our board if we want to avoid the “Mourinho season”

  • David Luiz was still on holidays with his defending for Vokes two goals. He wasn’t tight enough for the first and he let the second one go over his head to an unmarked Vokes. I was delighted with Rudiger, he’s one hell of a player. I said during the week Michy isn’t good enough but Morata will be a superstar. We’ll be stronger this season than last, I’ve no doubt about it.

  • I concur with you@golden kid that Moraga will win the Golden boot this season and also with thebreeze that we will be stronger this season when all our players return despite today’s setback.

  • Bats is no better than Remi, need say no more. Why do people keep sticking a knife into Luiz, at least he shows some guts and fighting spirit. Unlike some on our team. I say drop TC, far too much up his own ****. He needs to concentrate and command his box if he wants to call himself the top keeper in the world. Not even close. Alonso needs to realise that the holiday season is over. Sad to say, so does Azpi, even though I love him to bits, he seems to be off-point all pre-season. Rudi & Morata were the best positives to take out of this terrible game.

  • Very disappointed and the Ref was awful – basically gave Burnley the points – we need a back up striker for Morata as Bats is clearly out of his depth in the PL. As for Cahill – he is good in the air but that not enough to compensate for his mistakes. I thought Rudiger did well for his PL game and he will get better – the one thing that really worries me (as someone else alluded to here) is Conte look uninterested – i got the feeling he was only going through the motions and dare I say it sulking. Like the players he is getting very well paid to do a job any of us would love to have – lets hope I am wrong and he turns things around next week!

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