Gary Lineker reacts to Alvaro Morata's first goal in Chelsea v Burnley

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

Chelsea, which won 17 of its 19 home games last season, became the second straight team to begin its league title defense with a loss, after Leicester last season.

Former Barcelona and Tottenham striker Lineker reacted to Morata's first Chelsea goal before Cesc Fabregas was sent off for a second bookable offence to leave the title holders with nine men.

Chelsea fans are absolutely delighted at the youngster's opportunity as Conte hasn't been known for using youth players in his line ups, and some supporters have even stated that he will possess the talent of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry despite being a midfielder.

A frantic finale continued at the other end as Brady hit the woodwork with a set-piece as Burnley ultimately held on through four minutes of added for a famous triumph that piles the pressure on Chelsea after its tumultuous close-season. "After the red card we lost our heads, conceded two goals and then it's very hard to change the final result".

Mooy's Huddersfield travelled to London for their first top-flight clash in nearly five decades and came away with three points after a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.

To the disgust of Conte, Burnley grabbed a third just before half time following a brilliant cross from deep by Defour as Vokes rose highest to head in.

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That said, Morata's performance after coming on for the anonymous Michy Batshuayi made Conte's approach in leaving him on the bench feel like unnecessary caution.

"The equaliser was offside".

But they were ahead after 23 minutes when Palace failed to deal with an Aaron Mooy corner and the ball deflected in off Joel Ward - and with Palace rocking Mooy crossed again and Steve Mounie headed home.

"We have to improve a lot on this aspect because there was the rest of the game to try to do our best".

Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi, on loan to West Bromwich Albion from Al Ahly, scored on his debut in the 1-0 win at home to Bournemouth.

"And your first away win is important after last season [not getting one until April], so it kills a few things off early doors".

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