Chelsea have developed an unfortunate habit of summoning dark clouds from a clear blue sky and on Saturday the Premier League champions beckoned on a deluge in the opening match of the defence of their crown.
After a summer of discontent, speculation about the future of manager Antonio Conte, disquiet about the sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, an ugly wrangle with Diego Costa, the departure of John Terry and a perceived shortfall in signings, Chelsea chose a spectacular way to begin the new season.
They had their new captain, Gary Cahill, sent off after 13 minutes and were reduced to nine men late in the second half when Cesc Fabregas was dismissed, too. In between they had shipped three goals to a team who only won once away in the league for the entirety of last season.
Referee Craig Pawson shows a red card to Chelsea captain Gary Cahill just 14 minutes into the first half at Stamford Bridge
Cahill was sent off after a dangerously high tackle on Burnley midfielder Steven Defour and appeared to accept the decision
Burnley’s Sam Vokes (centre) celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game during the match against Chelsea
Burnley players appear ecstatic as they extend their lead over the Premier League champions to three goals via Vokes
Cesc Fabregas looks shocked as he is shown a second yellow card in the final minutes to leave Chelsea with just nine men
Alvaro Morata and David Luiz scored late goals for Chelsea to set up a grandstand finish for the champions
Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton raises his arms in celebration as they seal a shock win over defending champions Chelsea
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