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Two red cards condemn Chelsea to 2-3 loss to Burnley

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill was given a straight red card after losing the ball to Steven Defour, and going in dangerously to try and regain it.

And though Alvaro Morata and David Luiz would net in the second half to spare Chelsea some embarrassment, Cesc Fabregas' late second booking further reduced their chances of completing an improbable comeback.

"They had to respond, which they did, so credit to them, but we were disappointed with the two goals".

The visitors were the better side overall with a disciplined, energetic and ruthless first-half display that saw them put three past the Blues, with Sam Vokes netting twice. The first half pleased me because although Chelsea went to 10 men it was not easy.

"For a defender especially it's worth watching strikers movements, not too much, not overkill but I think you can get an idea of what type of player they are like".

On Saturday they were missing Eden Hazard and Pedro through injury as well as suspended Victor Moses. "It makes it tough at times, but it's the reality".

He continued: "Big decisions changed the outcome, quite obviously". And we responded very well.

They continued to create the better openings, with a Nathan Redmond cross creating havoc before Swansea scraped the ball away, but struggled to carve out clear chances against a well-organised visiting side. We tried to contain - not easy. We had to get on, get the job done and I'm pleased we have done that.

Anybody would have loved to be a fly on the wall in the Chelsea dressing room at half-time, but whatever Conte said to his players seemed to work as they came out for the second period looking for a way back into the contest. Mine are still growing and improving with that.

"If you don't break that pressing line, it can be hard".

You'd be forgiven as a Tottenham fan if you were a little nervous looking ahead to next Sunday's Week 2 match against defending Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.

"That's a huge result - a lot was made of our away form last season".

Wayne Rooney marked his Premier League return to Goodison Park with a dream winning goal as Everton got their 2017/18 season off to the flawless start.

"We keep moving it forward, now can we move it forward again?"

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