Rudiger promises Chelsea response after shock loss

Antonio Conte Reveals Why Alvaro Morata Is Yet To Start For Chelsea

Chelsea began their defence of the Premier League title with an appalling start to the 2017/18 campaign, losing 3-2 at home to Burnley.

Chelsea did their best to launch a positive response, but the Blues were struggling, and Burnley incredibly doubled their lead in the 39th minute when Stephen Ward broke into the home side's box before finding the top corner with a stunning strike.

"The red card was a key moment".

Burnley hit the post with a free-kick and the match ended with yet another surge from Chelsea who had run out of time to complete their fightback.

Morata made the flawless impact as he pulled a goal back for Chelsea in the 68th minute as he headed home Willian's cross.

After trailing 3-0 at half-time, goals from Alvaro Morata and David Luiz gave the scoreline a flattering look for lacklustre Chelsea.

But Burnley managed to hold the champions off - and claimed a superb win at Stamford Bridge.

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Alvaro Morata nearly inspired a comeback as a second-half substitute, scoring before setting up a late strike for David Luiz, a goal that came after Cesc Fabregas' removal for a second yellow had seen Chelsea reduced to nine men.

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.

"I am not anxious because we have to trust in our work and today there were three injured players, Pedro, Hazard, Bakayoko, one player missed for a ban in Moses".

Coming into the new season as champions, Chelsea's prospective attacking problems had one silver lining: their defense would be undoubtedly solid. Me, I have to start to study a new formation with ten or nine players.

Liverpool conceded 27 goals from set-pieces last season. I want to win today and I wanted to win, I wanted to win not send a message. Why? "I haven't seen it but my staff tell me it's the correct decision", Dyche said. "Big congratulations to all the people in Manchester City - we are a strong club".

Conte is reported to be unsatisfied with the club's transfer activity and his lack of say in the recruitment process, and on the evidence of his team's early disarray at Stamford Bridge the problems extend on to the pitch.

NAN also reports that Wayne Rooney scored the winning goal on his top-flight return to Everton after 13 years.

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