Sam Vokes hails Burnley’s ‘massive win’ against defending champions Chelsea

Chelsea never recovered from the 14th-minute dismissal of captain Gary Cahill, while Cesc Fabregas was sent off later for a second bookable offence as the champions finished with nine men.

“If we are able to stay in the game, then anything can happen in the second half, but instead we conceded three goals“. “We didn’t lose our balance and I have to be proud about the great commitment, the great desire, the great will of my players even though it was very hard to change the result in the second half”.

“I blame Antonio Conte’s tracksuit, if he wears his normal clothes he wins that game today, simple as that”.

After a dream start to life at Chelsea, manager Antonio Conte already looks to have a tough job on his hands in his second season in English soccer.

Conte’s side, undeterred, pulled another goal back, this time through David Luiz. Much of the credit for said improvement has to lie with record-signing Alvaro Morata who once introduced in the second period put in a fantastic performance.

“I am not anxious because we have to trust in our work and today there were three injured players, Pedro, Hazard, Bakayoko, one player missed for a ban in Moses”.

The Blues were crowned champions in May after a scintillating debut campaign for Conte at Stamford Bridge but the Italian warned his side they can not repeat the same mistakes made under Jose Mourinho in 2015.

We lost our heads too easily and we need to reflect on this situation. We tried our best but at the end of the day football is about results and we lost.

Sam Vokes scored twice and Stephen Ward struck a goal for the ages as the Clarets made the dream start to their Premier League campaign in a Stamford Bridge thriller.

Although one could make a case that Cahill’s red card had a huge bearing on Chelsea’s loss today, it was quite evident that they aren’t in their best shape by any means.

Batshuayi was significantly underused last season and there is the expectation that the former Marseille striker will enjoy more minutes this year, with Chelsea back in the Uefa Champions League.