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Chelsea had two players sent off and lost to Burnley 3-2 in the first match of its English Premier League title defense this morning, intensifying the concerns surrounding the champions after their frustrating offseason in the transfer market.

Gary Cahill had been given a straight red for the champions after 15 minutes; this was then followed by two Sam Vokes goals either side of a strike from Stephen Ward.

David Luiz did get another back but it was too little too late for nine-man Chelsea and Antonio Conte wouldn't comment on the referee after the match.

The unexpected result is Chelsea's first opening-day defeat for 19 years and only the second time the Premier League's defending champion has lost its first game in 26 years.

"We tried until the end to reach a good result against Burnley".

Conte says his players showed great commitment, will and desire in the 2nd half and he is proud of that.

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To the disgust of Conte, Burnley grabbed a third just before half time following a brilliant cross from deep by Defour as Vokes rose highest to head in.

"I admit it's a very important amount but I have the personality to play calmly and to stay on my path", Morata told Marca.

Out of favour Chelsea striker, Diego Costa has opened legal proceedings against the club, according to reports in the British media. It's something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day, to be an extra hour each day in the training ground. Brighton even looked the more likely to score 10 minutes after the break when City's goalkeeping woes appeared to rear their head once more.

While there has been a lot of discussion regarding how the Blues will start the season, I believe we will see a largely unchanged lineup to the XI that played in the Community Shield against Arsenal last weekend. "They have Koeman, he for me is a good coach, and a good club".

Chelsea must now take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday without Cahill and Fabregas as well as Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who remain several weeks away from full fitness.

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