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Nine-man Chelsea shocked by Sam Vokes double for Burnley

13 August, 2017, 05:02 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Arsenal v Chelsea- The Emirates FA Cup Final

The Blues were crowned champions in May after a scintillating debut campaign for Conte at Stamford Bridge but the Italian warned his side they can not repeat the same mistakes made under Jose Mourinho in 2015.

Antonio Conte's disjointed side struggled from the early stages when captain Gary Cahill was dismissed for a lunging tackle and they found themselves three-nil down at halftime to a team who gained only seven points away from home all last season.

Romelu Lukaku is a very good signing and Nemanja Matic is a brilliant pick-up from Chelsea.

Antonio Conte has hit back at Arsene Wenger after the Arsenal boss aimed a dig at Chelsea over the size of their squad.

And Chelsea fans were utterly convinced they were back under Mourinho's curse.

But that would deprive Burnley their due for a disciplined, energetic and ruthless first-half display that saw them score three times, with Sam Vokes netting twice - a header and a volley - either side of a lashing angled drive from Stephen Ward. This conclusion can be made, judging by the results of the team at the pre-season fees, as well as looking at the list of injured players.

Chelsea begin their title defence against Burnley on Saturday and Conte is concerned that his squad is not strong enough and wants more arrivals before the transfer window closes.

"I admit it's a very important amount but I have the personality to play with calmness and continue my path". The Nigerian has a suspension carried over from the FA Cup final, though Pedro escaped a ban after his red card in the Community Shield.

Chelsea finished 10th in the table the following season they won the EPL title in 2015/16 season.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Rudiger, Cahill, David Luiz; Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Azpilicueta; Willian, Batshuayi, Morata.

Conte who won the EPL title in his first season in charge of the Blues is wary of surprises this season but believes that six teams will be vying for the title this season. "We'll have a game-plan and I'm sure we'll have the same game-plan regardless of whoever plays up front".

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