Chelsea set Premier League first with opening-day indiscipline

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 13, 2017

But the recovery, if that what is was was short-lived as Fabregas was shown his second yellow card for a challenge on Cork on 82 minutes to reduce the champions to nine men.

David Luiz's smooth finish set up a tense finale but Chelsea could not find the final goal to salvage a draw and fell to defeat.

The Stamford Bridge side were 3 goals down at half-time but they manage to score 2 to keep the score-line moderate for their supporters.

"They had to respond, which they did, so credit to them, but we were disappointed with the two goals". We had to get on, get the job done and I'm pleased we have done that.

Disjointed and embarrassed in the first half, Chelsea threatened to mount the most unlikely of comebacks in a stirring second-half display, but just failed to overcome their numerical disadvantage.

"I am not anxious, I am ready to fight with these players".

Cahill's dismissal inside the first 15 minutes rocked Chelsea and the Clarets took advantage with a superb first-half display.

Yet with with the likes of John Terry, Nemanja Matic and potentially Diego Costa all leaving the club this summer, on top of fringe players such as Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic and Nathaniel Chalobah, Blues boss Conte is short of strength in depth, which has become increasingly noticeable over the past week.

"Our mentality I was really pleased with, to see the game through".

He continued: "Big decisions changed the outcome, quite obviously". That said, how do you respond to it?

The Blues never quite recovered from that incident in the second half. We tried to contain - not easy.

"But for sure we'll have two players out for bans, Cahill and Fabregas".

Danny Drinkwater could be on his way to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea readying an improved offer of £25 million for the Leicester midfielder.

Football fans trolled Antonio Conte's men following their defeat at home to Burnley in their first Premier League game of the season.

Predicting a season at its start can often be an embarrassing reminder at its end, but without fear but a little bit of favour, I would say that City are the likely champions come May 13 next year, with United runners-up.

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