Chelsea 2-3 Burnley – Chelsea were plunged into full-blown crisis after Burnley inflicted their first opening-day defeat for 19 years.
Captain Gary Cahill was sent off for Antonio Conte’s defending Champions after just 14 minutes, for a lunge on Steven Defour.
Burnley then smashed the home side with three goals in 19 devastating, first-half minutes to send shock waves around the Premier League.
Conte had included five rookies on the bench including Kenedy, the Brazilian who disgraced the club on their tour of the Far East last month. It was yet another clear message to the Chelsea board that the current squad remains too thin.
Burnley reinforced the point, ruthlessly ripping apart the home side at Stamford Bridge.
Sam Vokes hooked the first into the bottom corner on 24 minutes. Stephen Ward powered in a 39th-minute second and Vokes headed a third, two minutes before half time.
Burnley keeper Tom Heaten produced two fine second-half saves from Marcos Alonso to preserve his side’s advantage.
But he was eventually beaten in the 69th minute when Alvaro Morata, on as a 59th-minute sub, scored ten minutes later. David Luiz volleyed a second with just two minutes left to set up a grandstand finish. But Robbie Brady hit the post before Burnley held on.