Sport Undermanned Chelsea falls to Burnley to begin title defense

20:45  12 august  2017
20:45  12 august  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Undermanned Chelsea falls to Burnley to begin title defense

  Undermanned Chelsea falls to Burnley to begin title defense Nine-man Chelsea had a rough start to their Premier League title defense, going down 3-2 at home to Burnley after a frantic first half sealed a famous win for Sean Dyche's men.The Blues were down to ten men early on when Chelsea skipper Cahill flew into Steven Defour with a reckless tackle and saw red for his troubles. The visitors were then ahead when Matthew Lowton found Sam Vokes and the Burnley striker nodded his side in front. It then got even better for the Clarets when Stephen Ward took the ball down in the box before lashing a shot into the corner of the net to make it 2-0.

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Related News. Victor Moses and his Chelsea teammates have been handed a fairly easy start to their Premier League title defense as they are scheduled to start their 2017/18 league season at home against Burnley .

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas reacts after getting a red card during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.© Kirsty Wigglesworth Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas reacts after getting a red card during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Nine-man Chelsea had a rough start to their Premier League title defense, going down 3-2 at home to Burnley after a frantic first half sealed a famous win for Sean Dyche's men.

The Blues were down to ten men early on when Chelsea skipper Cahill flew into Steven Defour with a reckless tackle and saw red for his troubles. The visitors were then ahead when Matthew Lowton found Sam Vokes and the Burnley striker nodded his side in front. It then got even better for the Clarets when Stephen Ward took the ball down in the box before lashing a shot into the corner of the net to make it 2-0.

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BOX SCORE: BURNLEY 3, CHELSEA 2

Incredibly, it was then 3-0 when Vokes was again allowed space in the box to send a header passed Thibaut Courtois. Marcos Alonso twice came close for Chelsea in the second half but Tom Heaton was on hand to turn the ball over the crossbar.

The home side then did grab one back on 68 minutes when debutante Alvaro Morata headed home from close range. However, Chelsea were dealt another blow on 83 minutes when Cesc Fabregas was given his second yellow card of the game for a dangerous challenge on Jack Cork.

David Luiz did grab another goal back for Antonio Conte's side just before full time but it wasn't enough for the reigning champions.

Conte frustrated as Chelsea launches title defense in EPL .
Antonio Conte missed out on two of his top transfer targets, saw a key player sold against his wishes, and feels the current Chelsea squad is ill-equipped to handle the addition of the Champions League to its schedule. No wonder the Italian coach cuts a frustrated figure heading into the start of Chelsea's Premier League title defense.Going into Saturday's home match against Burnley, it could even be argued that Chelsea is beginning the season in a weaker position despite a summer outlay of around 140 million pounds ($180 million).So much for building from a position of strength.

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