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Chelsea: Nine Man Blues Suffer Shock Defeat To Burnley At Stamford Bridge

13 August, 2017, 19:53 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez

We will have our eye on all five of this afternoon's 3pm kick-offs with particular focus on the action at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea begin their title defence at home to Burnley.

The champions were on the back foot after just 14 minutes when they were reduced to 10 men as Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Steven Defour.

It was not until April that northwest side Burnley enjoyed an away win in the Premier League last season and the significance of Saturday's victory in London was not lost on Vokes. "I have to try to adapt a new system and to anticipate this situation of playing with nine or 10 men in the next game".

They're desperate to find a buyer for him but Chelsea chiefs are becoming concerned that Spanish striker Diego Costa has put on too much weight over the summer and now they run the risk of not being able to offload him. "After that we lost our composure and conceded three goals", Conte said.

Despite his criticism, Rudiger believes Chelsea's attempt to salvage a point against the odds should give them encouragement that the defeat is only a temporary blip. We had to get on, get the job done and I'm pleased we have done that.

The Italian also did his best to allay fears about the thinness of his squad. This is my message. I am not worried. "We started well with good intensity and were dominating the game".

For the visitors manager Sean Dyche has opted to go with a 4-5-1 formation, clearly designed to frustrate the Blues.

"It's very difficult at this club to make massive strides", the Englishman added.

"I repeat: my only task is to focus on the pitch, what happens on the pitch, during the training session to work with my players".

After the opening game of the season on Friday produced seven goals and a late winner for Arsenal, who beat Leicester City 4-3, the two teams at Vicarage Road served up more of the same entertainment for a worldwide television audience, including some poor defending.

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