A nine man Chelsea side looked anything but defending Premier League champions in a 3-2 defeat against Burnley on Saturday night.
Anticipation was high around Stamford Bridge on the opening day of 2017-18, yet things turned sour quickly as Gary Cahill was shown a straight red for an apparent lunging tackle. Sam Vokes would then head home the opening goal and Antonio Conte’s defence – which looked so unstoppable last season – were ravaged by a stunning Stephen Ward curler and a second from Vokes before half-time.
Although the Blues responded positively after the break and found a lifeline with Alvaro Morata’s first Premier League goal, Cesc Fabregas’ dismissal for two yellow cards largely ended any hopes of a comeback – despite a classy finish from David Luiz.
Here are some of the best reactions to come from Twitter after the result:
Chelsea’s title defence begins with 3 goals conceded, 2 red cards & 1 furious Conte! ?#ThePremierLeagueIsBack
— Seema Jaswal (@meseemajaswal) August 12, 2017
Cahill – Captain, Leader, Sent Off #CheBur
— The Koeman Centipede (@StuLord) August 12, 2017
Step1 -buy £70m striker☺
Step2-keep him on the bench for an hour to start title defense?
— Vaibhav Patkar (@vpatkar10) August 12, 2017
— Pranav Kohli (@pranavkohli12) August 12, 2017
Chelsea definitely need a few more new faces and all their outs didn’t help their situation tonight #CHEBUR
— Cameron Pistrin (@CameronPistrin) August 12, 2017
Poor result. Needed to start Morata really. Or at least get him on earlier… #CHEBUR
— Roberto D (@BobDamnIt90) August 12, 2017
— Tom King (@tomkingston29) August 12, 2017
Morata had a stellar game, came on for a 10 man Chelsea, scored, went down to 9 men, and then did a beautiful assist. Great Player #CheBur
— Magic Mo (@Mo_naldo999) August 12, 2017
— Wilfred Mong (@DsilentG) August 12, 2017
— Paul Brown (@pbsportswriter) August 12, 2017