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Chelsea Show Spirit in Defeat to Burnley

13 August, 2017, 18:56 | Author: Joan Malone

It will be interesting to see, given his immediate impact, if Conte picks Morata from the start in their next game - a trip to Wembley stadium to face title rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

"I don't want to comment on the referee, absolutely not".

"In the second half we deserve compliments because you saw a team who tried when it wasn't easy and at the end of the match we had two men less".

Former England captain Alan Shearer had said of Chelsea that there is "something brewing which isn't nice" and their first-half implosion in a thrilling match would appear to give his view credibility.

Nevertheless, David Luiz pulled back a second for Chelsea when Morata flicked on a long pass from Azpilicueta, and the Brazilian was on hand to fire past Heaton for his second goal for Chelsea since rejoining the club last season. Last year, then-champion Leicester lost at Hull 2-1 in its first match and its fortunes improved only after manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked.

Eden Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez, and Tiemoue Bakayoko are injured, striker Diego Costa is estranged, and Conte has a threadbare squad after selling midfield anchorman Nemanja Matic to rival Manchester United and loaning out numerous club's youngsters.

"It's a big win for us because they're a fine side".

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Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mo Salah scored for Liverpool, which was without Coutinho amid interest in the playmaker from Barcelona.

Vokes' second goal came just before the half as he found himself unmarked in the centre of the goal and flashed a header beyond the despairing Courtois.

"They concede the most goals out of anyone in the top six".

Conte has struggled to hide his frustrations over Chelsea's failure to strengthen their squad, with Morata, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero their only new signings.

Frank de Boer made a losing start as Palace manager after a Joel Ward own goal and a Steve Mounie double earned Huddersfield a 3-0 win on their return to the top flight after an absence of 45 years.

Wayne Rooney marked his top-flight return to Everton after 13 years by scoring the victor against Stoke and his 199th goal in the Premier League. It was his 199th Premier League goal and first for Everton since 2004.

West Bromwich Albion beat Bournemouth 1-0 thanks to a goal on his debut by defender Ahmed Hegazi. 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.

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