All the best bits as Chelsea turn on the style v. Burnley

Premier League favourites Chelsea began their title bid with a hugely convincing display against new boys Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Clarets did take the lead early on through a Scott Arfield effort, but they were quickly pegged back when Diego Costa smashed home his first goal in English football.

Then it was one way traffic from then on. Andre Schurrle got on the end of a wonderful Cesc Fabregas assist to put the Blues in front and then Branislav Ivanovic made it 3-1 to the visitors before the break.

And that’s how it remained as Chelsea stepped off the gas in the second half. Burnley gave it their all and will be proud of their efforts, with enough about them to suggest they’ll have better luck against mid-table opposition.

Chelsea, though, were superb in the first half. Certainly title favourites.

So here are the best bits from Chelsea’s impressive start to the new campaign…
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Burnley’s dream start

Scott Arfield celebrates goal v Chelsea
All the talk in the build up to this game was about Chelsea and the way Jose Mourinho has spent wisely this summer on the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.

But it was the new boys who took an unlikely lead when Scott Arfield smash home to send Turf Moor in to raptures.

Diego Costa’s first goal in England

Diego Costa scores v. Burnley

Much had been made of Diego Costa’s £32m transfer fee to Chelsea, with some predicting he’d flop in the Premier League.

But it took him just 21 minutes to net his first Premier League goal for Chelsea as Burnley were pegged back almost instantly.

Fabregas’ assist for Schurrle

Cesc Fabregas v Burnley
Fabregas enjoyed a superb Chelsea debut and, despite it only being the opening weekend of the season, it’ll take some doing to better his assist for Schurrle to tap in for Chelsea’s second.

It really was something special. It’s like he never left the Premier League.

The return of Didier Drogba

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It really wasn’t much of a surprise to anyone when he returned to Stamford Bridge this summer, but that does’t mean he wasn’t going to be welcomed back with open arms.

Chelsea fans couldn’t wait to see him back in Blue, and they weren’t disappointed as he came on with five minutes left for his second debut.

Chelsea’s all round performance

Chelsea celebrate v Burnley
They eased off in the second half, but Chelsea’s first half was scarily ruthless at Turf Moor.

Their reaction to going a goal down was superb and before you knew they 3-1 up and comfortable. Burnley played well but rarely got near Chelsea’s word class performers.

On that first half performance alone you can certainly expect Chelsea to be there or there a bouts in the title race this season.

 


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