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Champions Chelsea already in trouble?

14 August 2017

Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card in the 14th minute for a studs-first lunge, and Burnley capitalized by scoring three times before halftime through Sam Vokes (twice) and Stephen Ward.

The Blues never seemed to regain their composure after that, and found themselves three goals down by half-time as Burnley took full advantage. He also provided David Luiz with a flawless flicked-header that led to Chelsea's second goal of the game.

Speaking at his news conference before Chelsea's opener against Burnley on Saturday, Conte said: "Michy is working very well, he is putting 120 per cent in every moment during the training session and during the game".

A belatedly unshackled Morata scored with one header and assisted a David Luiz goal with another, either side of a second red card for the home side when Cesc Fabregas was sent off on 81 minutes. Much of the credit for said improvement has to lie with record-signing Alvaro Morata who once introduced in the second period put in a fantastic performance.

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"In recent games we have finished with nine or 10 men". I am not anxious, I am ready to fight with these players.

"We have to improve a lot on this aspect because a situation of this type can happen, but we must pay attention to try to think that there is the rest of the game to try and do our best".

Conte added: "This is my squad and this is my team and I want to fight with these players".

"But our first half we kept losing our heads - after the red card we lost our heads a bit, conceded three goals and then it's very hard to change the final result".

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Conte himself meanwhile merely commented that "the club is trying to do their best in the transfer market.the club is doing the work". Today, their cries proved to be valid as last year's champions fell to a weak Burnley side that only won one away game last season. "The first half pleased me because although Chelsea went to 10 men it was not easy".

"At 3-0 up we should have made it safer, but we got there in the end".

You'd be forgiven as a Tottenham fan if you were a little nervous looking ahead to next Sunday's Week 2 match against defending Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.

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Champions Chelsea already in trouble?