Chelsea v Burnley - match preview, predicted starting line-ups & Opta stats

Angelo Anderson
August 13, 2017

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Chelsea fought back through Alvaro Morata and David Luiz, but Cesc Fabregas' dismissal for two bookable offences disrupted their momentum in a second-half they dominated. This is something that in-form Burnley will be looking to exploit and try to avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge.

While accepting that his players had been affected by the situation, Conte pointed to how they have now received red cards in each of their last three games - including the FA Cup final and Community Shield against Arsenal - but stopped short of blaming his players for ill-discipline.

"In the last three official games we have finished with nine or 10 men".

"For me the striker is a really important role and it is very important to understand the position I want in the game and it is more hard to adapt than other roles".

Chelsea begin their title defence against Burnley on Saturday and Conte is concerned that his squad is not strong enough and wants more arrivals before the transfer window closes.

"It was always going to be tough here but we got our heads down and put in a performance", Vokes added.

"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".

"Behind the scenes he'll be saying the same message, but in a different way: 'This is going to be difficult and this is how we overcome that, by working hard and by doing the extra bits even more than we did previous year'". What happens in the transfer market, the club is trying to do their best.

"For me, Matic is a fantastic player - a real, real top player", said the English defender.

"I repeat: it is important for us to be concentrated on our work, to be focused every day in training and to try to work in our best way".

Chelsea down to 9 men.

All of these Chelsea loanees have great potential and it will be interesting to see what role they play in influencing the Premier League title next season. "They are working very well and it is a pleasure for me".

"Today big decisions changed the outcome, quite obviously", the Burnley manager said.

'I don't think Morata will do it that way but he has to come in and be confident, believe in himself and show the quality he has possesses.

These sides last met at Stamford Bridge last August, with Chelsea running out comfortable 3-0 winners.

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