Fabregas, Cahill See Red As Burnley Shock Chelsea

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Chelsea had captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off and Burnley took full advantage through Vokes's brace and a superb Stephen Ward effort, with goals from Alvaro Morata and David Luiz coming in vain.

"After the red card [to Cahill] we lost our composure and conceded three goals".

"I have to start to study a new formation with 10 players because when it happens with regularity you must be anxious".

"Instead, we conceded three goals and the second half was very hard to change the final result, despite the great commitment, great desire and great will of my players".

Morata came off the Chelsea bench just before the hour as the club-record signing replaced Batshuayi, although there was no sign of Diego Costa following the striker's high-profile falling-out with Conte.

"We must pay attention and try to keep our heads the rest of the game".

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But the fight-back after being reduced to 10 men and eventually nine men does show that the players are fighting for the manager, and that's a marked difference from that season of palpable discord.

With the Blues and Liverpool returning to European football, and all top six clubs strengthening considerably in the transfer market along with Everton, Cahill believes the title race will be more open than ever.

"I'm not anxious because we have to trust in our work". I am not anxious, I am ready to fight with these players. That was until Luiz sprinted onto Morata's pass and volleyed in to bring the nine men to within a goal of Burnley.

Burnley won only once on their travels last season in the league, having to wait until their 18th away match to achieve it, and Sean Dyche admitted they had enjoyed some fortune in prevailing. "The first half pleased me because although Chelsea went to 10 men it was not easy".

Vokes made it 3-0 at the break, and Conte was fuming. "And it was weird at half-time because you're three up away at Chelsea and you have to decide how you're going to approach it from there", he added.

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.