EPL: Burnley stun nine-man Chelsea

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"We scored three good goals and I think when you are talking about who you are playing against and where you are playing, that's up there as one of the best 45 minutes of my time here", said the manager, who joined Burnley in 2012.

The Blues began the defence of their Premier League crown with a chastening 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge that was sparked by the 14th-minute dismissal of captain Gary Cahill for a studs-up tackle, while Cesc Fabregas was sent off later for a second bookable offence.

Despite his criticism, Rudiger believes Chelsea's attempt to salvage a point against the odds should give them encouragement that the defeat is only a temporary blip. Fabregas was booked for sarcastically applauding Pawson's decision to give a free-kick against him and much worse was to follow. Without Cahill to guide him through his defensive duties, Luiz lapsed into carelessness.

Vokes was not to be denied five minutes later, however, with the Welshman turning a Matthew Lowton cross into the bottom corner as the champions were stunned on home soil. 15 minutes later: up stepped Stephen Ward to make it 2-0. Ward scores - The full-back plays a neat one-two and from the inside left, he slams in a shot past Courtois. They chose to play another free-kick short in the 43rd minute.

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Stamford Bridge was stunned.

Despite that start, Chelsea were actually commanding the match with possession early on and waiting for an opening in a very well organised Burnley side.

The last time it happened, Man Utd (1967/68) & Man City (1968/69) were both reigning champions of the league and lost their first game of the following season. Not least because Willian stood up as the only player with any heart for the first hour.

Thankfully for the Chelsea boss the linesman had his flag raised for offside and the goal was disallowed.

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Chelsea's task was made even tougher in the 80th minute when Cesc Fabregas was sent off for picking up his second yellow card of the game.

"I saw two faces of my team today", Conte said after a match where Chelsea were 3-0 down before half-time.

In the end, there was no third goal for the nine men. A frantic finish saw Burnley's Robbie Brady strike the post with a free-kick, while Chelsea's pressure just failed to bring an equalizer.

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