Undermanned Chelsea falls to Burnley to begin title defense

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(STATS) -- Nine-man Chelsea had a rough start to their Premier League title defense, going down 3-2 at home to Burnley after a frantic first half sealed a famous win for Sean Dyche's men.

The Blues were down to ten men early on when Chelsea skipper Cahill flew into Steven Defour with a reckless tackle and saw red for his troubles. The visitors were then ahead when Matthew Lowton found Sam Vokes and the Burnley striker nodded his side in front. It then got even better for the Clarets when Stephen Ward took the ball down in the box before lashing a shot into the corner of the net to make it 2-0.

Incredibly, it was then 3-0 when Vokes was again allowed space in the box to send a header passed Thibaut Courtois. Marcos Alonso twice came close for Chelsea in the second half but Tom Heaton was on hand to turn the ball over the crossbar.

The home side then did grab one back on 68 minutes when debutante Alvaro Morata headed home from close range. However, Chelsea were dealt another blow on 83 minutes when Cesc Fabregas was given his second yellow card of the game for a dangerous challenge on Jack Cork.

David Luiz did grab another goal back for Antonio Conte's side just before full time but it wasn't enough for the reigning champions.

Updated August 12, 2017