Defending champs open season with two send-offs and a loss
LONDON Aston Villa’s 3-1 win over Manchester United in 1995.
Huddersfield Town marked their top flight return with a remarkable 3-0 win at Crystal Palace, while Wayne Rooney bagged the winner on his Everton comeback in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City.
Burnley’s win, their first at Chelsea since 1971, further blackened the mood around Stamford Bridge after a close season during which manager Antonio Conte has grown frustrated by his side’s lack of transfer activity.
Conte was without the injured Eden Hazard and out-of-favour striker Diego Costa and started with £58 million (RM324 million) signing Morata on the bench.
Youth-team graduate Jeremie Boga made his debut, but was hauled off in the reshuffle that followed Cahill’s 14th-minute dismissal for a reckless, studs-up foul on Steven Defour.
Vokes put Burnley ahead in the 24th minute, volleying in from Matthew Lowton’s cross.
Ward doubled the visitors’ advantage in the 39th minute with a blistering left-foot strike from Jack Cork’s lofted pass and Vokes added a third before halftime, heading in Defour’s cross.