Burnley 3-2 Chelsea: Reigning Premier League champs shocked in opening game

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 13, 2017

After their title winning campaign last season, FC's Stewart Robson thinks Chelsea will struggle to perform this season.

Palace fans started the season with renewed optimism amid De Boer's appointment as manager but they will be anxious by their woeful performanc, which suggests another year of struggle.

Next up for the Blues, who have now lost their last three competitive matches, is a tough trip to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley next weekend.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, the BT Sport pundit said: "The mentality has got to improve".

Chelsea's Gary Cahill checks that Steven Defour of Burnley.

Conte said he did not want to answer questions about Costa, but tellingly conceded: "For me it's in the past".

Chelsea are the league's best team when it comes to opening the season.

Frank Lampard spoke exclusively to ESPN FC.

The 39-year-old will help provide insight into the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League matches. It's something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day.

FRANK LAMPARD believes Chelsea face a massive challenge to retain their Premier League title without the "irreplaceable" John Terry but says, in Antonio Conte, they have the flawless manager to keep them at the top.

'But they have a superb manager in charge.

Meanwhile, Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez are the subject of interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively, but their clubs say they will not be sold.

"Honestly, I am pleased with the squad because we are working very well with the players, the commitment is incredible, better than last season", he said. I think he will score a lot of goals, I really do'.

Conte played down any sense of crisis or fear of a meltdown similar to 2015-16, insisting Chelsea would "find a solution".

Chelsea kick off their 2017/18 Premier League campaign tomorrow afternoon with a home fixture against Burnley at Stamford Bridge. "The club knows very well my opinion and are trying to do their best". "I have been impressed because he is a good player, strong physically and technically".

"[They have improved from last year] in the way they work in the training session".

The champions were looking much more of a threat and had the ball in the net again six minutes later but Morata who poked in Andreas Christensen's shot at the far post was ruled offside. I'm sure they'll be challenging. I want to win. They've gone down a certain route with strength in their team and they are potential winners. "Usually, to keep going you need to change a few things". "It was maybe a little bit of my heart and a little bit of my head to pick Chelsea".

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