Chelsea start Premier League title defence on losing note

Champions Chelsea beaten at home in first game

Premier League champions Chelsea suffered an embarrassing home defeat on the first Saturday of the new season, having two men sent off as unfancied Burnley beat them 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.

The Clarets didn't win away from home last season until their penultimate road trip but led the champions 3-0 at half-time after the Londoners had skipper Gary Cahill sent off in the 14th minute.

Sam Vokes was Burnley's match-winner with a brace and Alvaro Morata's lively Chelsea debut - a goal and an assist for David Luiz - came in vain.

"I picked the best players that we have at this moment", Conte said.

Chelsea piled on the pressure but went down to nine men after Fabregas - who had been booked in the first half for sarcastically applauding the referee - was shown a second yellow for a foul on Jack Cork.

Brian Kerr was on commentary duty for Premier League Live with Sky Sports at Stamford Bridge, and was hugely critical of Chelsea's transfer policy, which he says is leaving Chelsea short in several areas. We tried until the end to reach a good result against Burnley - it was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good.

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"I think Everton are a really good team, very good squad", Conte added.

It was to get worse for the champions in the first half though as Vokes made it 3-0 to Burnley in the 42nd minute when the striker headed a wonderful Defour cross into the corner of the net.

Chelsea's pre-season has had echoes of Mourinho's final summer at the club with Conte criticisng the board for their lack of success in the transfer market.

"We must focus on working very hard with these players", Conte told BBC Sport after today's game. "I know now twice as many people will be watching me".

"I'm not anxious because we have to trust in our work".

While there has been a lot of discussion regarding how the Blues will start the season, I believe we will see a largely unchanged lineup to the XI that played in the Community Shield against Arsenal last weekend. We will find the right solution, we will find the right solution.

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