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replied for Chelsea ei­ther side of Cesc Fabre­gas’ send­ing-off for a se­cond book­ing in the 81st minute.

“After the red card, we lost our heads,” said Conte, who felt Cahill’s red card changed the game. Two years ago, Chelsea drew with Swansea 2-2 at home in the first match of its league ti­tle de­fence and quickly un­rav­elled. Man­ager Jose Mour­inho lasted only 11 more league games. Last year, then-cham­pion Le­ices­ter lost at Hull 2-1 in its first match and its for­tunes im­proved only after man­ager Clau­dio Ranieri was fired.

There’s a chance it could get worse be­fore it gets bet­ter for the cur­rent Chelsea team. Cahill, the cap­tain, and Fabre­gas join a lengthy ab­sen­tee list for next week­end’s away match at Tot­ten­ham, which was run­ner-up last season.

Eden Hazard, Pe­dro Ro­driguez, and Tiemoue Bakayoko are in­jured, striker Diego Costa is es­tranged, and Conte has a thread­bare squad after sell­ing mid­field an­chor­man Ne­manja Matic to ri­val Manch­ester United and loan­ing out many of the club’s young­sters.

There are three weeks left in the trans­fer win­dow and Chelsea des­per­ately needs re­in­force­ments, with the Champions League also on the sched­ule.

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