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Alvaro Morata impact not enough as Burnley stun Chelsea

Alvaro Morata impact not enough as Burnley stun Chelsea

Replacing Michy Batshuayi with almost an hour gone, Morata entered the game with his team 3-0 down after a nightmarish first half.

The story of the match was nearly encapsulated in the first few minutes of play when Marcos Alonso's reckless challenge was punished with a yellow and Ben Mee headed straight at Thibault Courtois from the ensuing free kick.

Conte believes that he might need to train his players with one or two men fewer after the spate of red cards they have received in recent games but he didn't want to talk about the referee's performance.

Referee Craig Pawson was not in a compassionate mood after brandishing shot first yellow card on two minutes - a foul by Marcos Alonso.

Cahill got a straight red card after a hard tackle on Steven Defour in the 14th minute, leaving the Belgian midfielder injured. 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. Vokes drifted away from the static Luiz and powered home a header that gave Courtois no chance.

Debutant Ahmed Hegazi's first-half header earned West Bromwich Albion a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, while Mauricio Pellegrino's tenure as Southampton manager began with a 0-0 draw at home to Swansea City.

ANTONIO CONTE accused his Chelsea stars of losing the plot after an opening-day shocker. It's obvious because the linesman is on the line.

The result is also the first time Chelsea has lost an opening league game of the season since 1998. That was until Luiz sprinted onto Morata's pass and volleyed in to bring the nine men to within a goal of Burnley.

With Diego Costa out of commission, Conte seemed to be making a statement about his pressing need for reinforcements when he handed Jeremie Boga his debut up front, but the young Ivorian was an early tactical casualty when Cahill was dismissed.

Conte said his halftime team talk, which along with the introduction of new striker Alvaro Morata who scored on his debut, appeared to completely transform the game, involved pointing out how the players had panicked and lost their shape.