Key players: How do Chelsea fare without Cahill and Fabregas?

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With Burnley pushing up, the possession would end in passes going back across the backline and the ball forced back to Courtois to play long.

The Blues won the title at a canter last season but will now also have to compete in the Champions League after missing out on a place in Europe last term. Despite enjoying one of his best seasons playing at centre-back as part of a three-man defense, the Brazilian has been deployed in midfielder before, most noticeably by Rafa Benitez during Chelsea's Europa League campaign. The young players need help from senior players, top players, not to rush them into a position where they are maybe not ready to go at the moment.

Another player who could easily switch central defence for midfield is Cesar Azpilicueta.

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Throughout his Chelsea career Gary Cahill has been a surprisingly hard player to knock out of the lineup. The reason for this could have been more than just purely defensive.

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Sacrificing the extra attacker came with its own problems, as when they moved further up the field there were fewer forward passing options centrally. When we got the first goal, the belief grew and you could feel it in the stadium as well.

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Defender Azpilicueta was not so reserved in his assessment of the side. But next week at Tottenham the mentality for Chelsea must be to go there, and don't get beat.

Burnley reacted brilliantly by powering into a 3-0 lead with two goals from Sam Vokes and a Stephen Ward strike, before replies from Alvaro Morata and David Luiz saw the ensuing fightback fall just short. But for sure he played very well in the last 30 minutes. Saturday's sending-off was his first in a Chelsea uniform. Even when down to nine men Chelsea continued to apply pressure around Burnley's box, with continued crosses and corners; but eventually ran out of time to find the equaliser.

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