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Daily Mail - - The Verdict -

CHELSEA’S ca­pit­u­la­tion against Burn­ley was al­most to be ex­pected given the nega­tiv­ity that has fes­tered in the weeks lead­ing up to the sea­son.

When Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manch­ester United teams or the great Liverpool sides of the Eight­ies won ti­tles, they strength­ened.

These Chelsea play­ers have been al­lowed to get com­fort­able — no-one is com­ing in to chal­lenge their po­si­tions. Diego Costa has been frozen out, Ne­manja Matic has been al­lowed to join a ri­val.

Even be­fore a ball was kicked, Chelsea had a ready-made ex­cuse for fail­ure. Chelsea are not yet in com­plete melt­down. They will have Tiemoue Bakayoko, Eden Haz­ard and Pe­dro re­turn­ing from in­jury and Al­varo Mo­rata was a real hand­ful when he came on, get­ting a goal and an as­sist.

He must start against Tot­ten­ham at Wem­b­ley on Sun­day.

An­to­nio Conte will be de­mand­ing new play­ers but he is now un­der huge pres­sure. Chelsea have never been afraid to sack man­agers and Conte knows that if he tries to take on the board, there will only be one win­ner.

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