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Monday 18 August 2014 | Turf Moor | Referee: Michael Oliver | Attendance 20,699

Burnley
  • Scott Arfield (14)
Burnley
1 - 3
Chelsea
  • Diego Costa (17)
  • André Schürrle (21)
  • Branislav Ivanovic (34)
Chelsea

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Chelsea showed why they are many people’s tip for the Barclays Premier League title when they fought back to secure a comfortable 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

After falling behind to a stunning early strike from Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield, Jose Mourinho's side slipped through the gears to lead their newly promoted hosts with new signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas shining.

Costa opened his Barclays Premier League account with an equaliser just three minutes after Arfield's opener, and Fabregas laid on goals for Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic before the break. Fabregas’s stunning pass for Schurrle’s goal was a moment of real quality and the impressive Ivanovic then tucked away the Spaniard's corner 13 minutes later.

Thibaut Courtois made his debut in the Chelsea goal after being selected ahead of long-time No 1 Petr Cech, but the Belgian could do little to prevent Arfield from rewarding Burnley for an impressive start in the 14th minute. The 25-year-old controlled Matthew Taylor's cross from the left then hit a fierce half-volley that flew past a stranded Courtois to send the home crowd into raptures.

However, Burnley's shock lead did not last long, as Costa produced a finish that demonstrated why Chelsea bought him from Atletico Madrid, a powerful low shot into the net after Ivanovic's right-wing cross had crashed against the far post.

Mourinho's men then completed a seven-minute turnaround in wonderful fashion with a mesmerising team move in which Schurrle coolly slotted home Fabregas's sumptuous first-time pass after neat link-up play from Eden Hazard and Ivanovic.

Chelsea claimed a penalty nine minutes later when Costa went down under a challenge by Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton after latching on to Ben Mee's poor backpass but referee Michael Oliver opted to book the forward for diving.

But, after playing an integral role in the first two Chelsea goals, right-back Ivanovic put the visitors in command, capitalising on sloppy marking to convert Fabregas' set-piece.

Burnley came into the second half with renewed vigour and immediately came closing to halving the deficit when Courtois tipped Arfield's long-range drive over the crossbar.

Neither side created many goalscoring opportunities as the visitors saw things out with little difficulty, with the away end's largest cheer of the second period coming when club legend Didier Drogba made his second Chelsea debut as a late substitute.

Despite the result, Burnley manager Sean Dyche will have been heartened by his side's industry and spirit ahead of a trip to Swansea City on Saturday.

Chelsea showed why they are many people’s tip for the Barclays Premier League title when they fought back to secure a comfortable 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

After falling behind to a stunning early strike from Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield, Jose Mourinho's side slipped through the gears to lead their newly promoted hosts with new signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas shining.

Costa opened his Barclays Premier League account with an equaliser just three minutes after Arfield's opener, and Fabregas laid on goals for Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic before the break. Fabregas’s stunning pass for Schurrle’s goal was a moment of real quality and the impressive Ivanovic then tucked away the Spaniard's corner 13 minutes later.

Thibaut Courtois made his debut in the Chelsea goal after being selected ahead of long-time No 1 Petr Cech, but the Belgian could do little to prevent Arfield from rewarding Burnley for an impressive start in the 14th minute. The 25-year-old controlled Matthew Taylor's cross from the left then hit a fierce half-volley that flew past a stranded Courtois to send the home crowd into raptures.

However, Burnley's shock lead did not last long, as Costa produced a finish that demonstrated why Chelsea bought him from Atletico Madrid, a powerful low shot into the net after Ivanovic's right-wing cross had crashed against the far post.

Mourinho's men then completed a seven-minute turnaround in wonderful fashion with a mesmerising team move in which Schurrle coolly slotted home Fabregas's sumptuous first-time pass after neat link-up play from Eden Hazard and Ivanovic.

Chelsea claimed a penalty nine minutes later when Costa went down under a challenge by Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton after latching on to Ben Mee's poor backpass but referee Michael Oliver opted to book the forward for diving.

But, after playing an integral role in the first two Chelsea goals, right-back Ivanovic put the visitors in command, capitalising on sloppy marking to convert Fabregas' set-piece.

Burnley came into the second half with renewed vigour and immediately came closing to halving the deficit when Courtois tipped Arfield's long-range drive over the crossbar.

Neither side created many goalscoring opportunities as the visitors saw things out with little difficulty, with the away end's largest cheer of the second period coming when club legend Didier Drogba made his second Chelsea debut as a late substitute.

Despite the result, Burnley manager Sean Dyche will have been heartened by his side's industry and spirit ahead of a trip to Swansea City on Saturday.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: “That was the reality of what we're going into, the power, quality, pace. They [Chelsea] don't get defeated. If anything we scored and they got angry. We kept going, kept trying to play and we're learning about our inner belief - there was good signs of that. We pressed to the death and tried to the end to get something out of it."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: “The players believe in our way of paying. When you go a goal down at a tough place like Burnley, players lose confidence in the way we are trying to play. But they are very stable from a mental point of view and kept control of the game. Overall some moments of quality and style we want to play came through.

"Cesc really was the maestro, controlling the tempo of the game with [Nemanja] Matic. He was the man that dictated the intensity and direction of the game.

“We want him [Cech] to stay and I hope nobody comes in. We want two top-quality goalkeepers and that is no disrespect to Mark Schwarzer. But if we can keep what are the two best goalkeepers in the world then that would be fantastic."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Tom Heaton 4.13 4.94
2. Kieran Trippier 3.96 4.64
5. Jason Shackell 3.64 4.61
4. Michael Duff 3.45 4.42
6. Ben Mee 3.37 4.4
14. David Jones 3.55 4.46
37. Scott Arfield 5.27 5.16
15. Matthew Taylor 3.94 4.55
8. Dean Marney 4.07 4.37
19. Lukas Jutkiewicz 4.33 4.79
10. Danny Ings 4.72 4.84
Substitutes All Fans BFR
28. Kevin Long 2.86 3.57
38. Cameron Dummigan 2.0 2.0
22. Matthew Gilks 2.0 3.43
7. Ross Wallace 3.14 3.83
30. Ashley Barnes 3.0 3.71
11. Michael Kightly 2.63 2.77
17. Marvin Sordell 1.56 2.88
Line-up All Fans BFR
13. Thibaut Courtois 6.33 6.63
2. Branislav Ivanovic 7.07 7.27
28. César Azpilicueta 5.79 6.13
26. John Terry 5.97 5.96
24. Gary Cahill 6.45 6.49
10. Eden Hazard 6.51 7.22
8. Oscar 5.77 6.38
21. Nemanja Matic 6.17 6.61
14. André Schürrle 6.81 6.67
4. Cesc Fàbregas 7.82 7.82
19. Diego Costa 7.43 8.28
Substitutes All Fans BFR
12. John Obi Mikel 5.27 5.82
22. Willian 5.08 6.1
1. Petr Cech 3.25 5.51
5. Kurt Zouma 3.75 4.97
11. Didier Drogba 5.42 6.26
9. Fernando Torres 4.55 4.55
3. Filipe Luis 4.24 5.55

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