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EPL: Burnley stuns 9 man Chelsea at Stanford Bridge

Chelsea had two players sent off as they fell to a stunning 3-2 defeat against Burnley to open their title defence.

Nine-man Chelsea fell to a shock 3-2 home defeat against Burnley as their Premier League title defence began with a stunning upset.

Captain Gary Cahill was sent off after just 14 minutes for a challenge on Steven Defour, but that was just the start of the astonishing drama at Stamford Bridge.

Sam Vokes starred for Burnley with two of his side’s three goals before half-time, Stephen Ward also netting in between the Wales striker’s double.

In-form Vokes now has seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances after netting only five in the previous 58.

Antonio Conte gave Alvaro Morata 31 minutes from the substitutes’ bench on his Premier League debut and he scored with a header.

Any hopes of a recovery were dented when Cesc Fabregas was sent off after collecting a second booking late on, although David Luiz did set up a grandstand finish with a powerful volley to make it 3-2 with two minutes left. Robbie Brady then hit the post at the opposite end from a free-kick as Burnley pushed for a fourth.

The unexpected result is Chelsea’s first opening-day defeat for 19 years and only the second time the Premier League’s defending champions have lost their first game in 26 years.

Cahill’s early departure stunned Stamford Bridge, the defender taking a heavy touch and diving forward with his boot raised in a bid to win back possession against Defour, with referee Craig Pawson immediately brandishing a straight red.

It was the third consecutive competitive match in which the Blues have received a red card, having had Victor Moses sent off in May’s FA Cup final and Pedro removed in last week’s Community Shield, both games against Arsenal.

Conte made a tactical reshuffle after Cahill’s exit, Andreas Christensen coming on for Jeremie Boga, who had been named a surprise debutant due to Pedro’s injury.

Vokes had a header ruled out after James Tarkowski was penalised for a foul in the build-up, but Burnley soon scored a goal that did count as Chelsea’s afternoon took another turn for the worst after 24 minutes.

Matt Lowton’s right-wing cross found Vokes and he sent a bouncing volley into the far corner, with Thibaut Courtois unable to get across in time.

Burnley doubled their lead after 39 minutes, Ward playing a one-two with Jack Cork before unleashing an excellent half volley into the far corner.

And four minutes later, Burnley incredibly scored a third. A quick free-kick led to Defour swinging in a cross from the right and an unmarked Vokes planted a header past Courtois, with loud boos greeting the champions when the half-time whistle was blown.

Marcos Alonso’s long-range drive was tipped over by Tom Heaton as Chelsea registered their first shot on target early in the second half, while Morata came on to replace the ineffective Michy Batshuayi in attack.

Heaton made an excellent stop from Alonso’s curling free-kick, but Chelsea did get a goal back with 21 minutes remaining, Morata swooping in to beat the Burnley keeper with a diving header after Willian’s delivery found him in space.

Morata tapped in again soon after, but was denied by an offside flag after converting Christensen’s delivery, which may have gone in had the ex-Real Madrid striker left it.

Any chance of a Chelsea recovery appeared to be at an end with nine minutes left as Fabregas – who had been booked for sarcastically applauding a Pawson decision in the first half – received a second yellow for a foul on Cork.

But David Luiz then gave the Blues further hope, rifling a volley past Heaton after racing on to a Morata flick-on.

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 their tumultuous close-season.

 

 

Tottenham beats Man U 2:1 in White Hart Lane last EPL match

A goal in each half from Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane (his first ever EPL goal against United) put Spurs 2-0 up before Wayne Rooney got a goal back for United.

United made eight changes from the team that eliminated Celta Vigo in the Europa League on Thursday as David De Gea, Axel Tuanzebe, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Juan Mata, Michael Carrick, Rooney and Anthony Martial all make the starting eleven.

The win means Spurs are unbeaten at home this season, last achieving the feat in the 1964/1965 season.

They moved to 80 points and are sure to finish second, while United have 65 points and remain sixth on the log.

Spurs got off to the perfect start as they went 1-0 up on six minutes through Wanyama who headed in Ben Davies’ cross from close-range.

United almost equalised 12 minutes later but Rooney’s header from a corner went just over the bar.

United went close again on 18 minutes through Martial only to see his curler from just inside the box flash narrowly wide of the far post.

A minute later Spurs had a chance to double their lead but De Gea made a one-on-one save off Heung-Min Son while Christian Eriksen sent the rebound wide.

In the 22nd minute Harry Kane’s close-range header from Eriksen’s cross clipped the top of the cross bar.

De Gea stopped Spurs from extending their lead with a brilliant save off Dele Alli’s drive in the 30th minute.

One minute into added time De Gea made a save with his legs to keep out Kane’s low shot.

In the 48th minute of the second half, Spurs went 2-0 up thanks to Kane who turned in Eriksen’s swung in free-kick.

In the 53rd minute Kane had a chance to score his second goal but fired off target after cutting inside.

Martial almost reduced the deficit for United on 63 minutes when he hit an effort which went inches wide.

In the 71st minute Rooney made it 2-1 after tapping in from close-range off Martial’s low cross.

Alli had a big chance to put the game to bed on 84 minutes but Jones got back quickly to head the ball off the line.

Marcus Rashford had one last chance to salvage a point for United in the 92nd minute but poked his effort wide.

What is your opinion? Arsenal is better than Man U, Liverpool, Chelsea, Barca & Real Madrid – Arsene Wenger says

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Many Arsenal’s fans are angry with their manager, Arsene Wenger on the club position in EPL. But the coach, Arsene Wenger has made a ridiculous claim that’ll surely get him a lot of flak. Despite the possibility of his club not qualifying for the Champions league, and going another season without silverware, he’s said that Arsenal is the best club in the world and football isn’t all about wining trophies. The last time Arsenal won a major trophy was in 2004 and fan pressure for him to leave the club this summer reached an all time high after his 10-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in this season’s champions League. The veteran manager who has been at Arsenal since 1996 has leaped to the defence of his record, stressing that he has helped build ‘the best club in the world’.

‘For me Arsenal is the best club in the world and what we have built is absolutely remarkable, not only on the results front but on the values that this club, what we have built,’ Wenger told beIN Sports.

”Of course a football club is about winning, it’s as well about values.‘Nobody talks about that anymore but sport is as well about values and I think integrity, respect, humility, togetherness are very important qualities and if you would visit our club you would see that they really exist on a daily basis.

‘That is part of what I am proud as well.’You can basically say that if you don’t win the championship it is not a successful season and I can understand that but you take clubs like Liverpool and they have not won the Premier League, they are a big club.

‘You have clubs like Man City, Man United, certainly the championship will be won by Chelsea so we have all, and no matter how many we are, Tottenham, all these clubs, every year only one will win it.’

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EPL: Read what Mourinho posted about sacked Ranieri

Mourinho posts classy tribute to sacked Ranieri

Jose Mourinho has posted a classy tribute message to Claudio Ranieri after the Italian was sacked by Leicester City.

The Premier League champions made the announcement on Thursday evening, a day after the Foxes were beaten 2-1 by Sevilla in the Champions League.

After their quite extraordinary title win, Ranieri’s side have struggled in the 2016-17 season and find themselves in 17th place in the table with just five league wins from 25 matches.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BQ302Ucgpc_/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=7Leicester were also dumped out of the FA Cup by Millwall at the fifth-round stage, with the club’s hierarchy feeling a decision had to be made to arrest their decline.

Ranieri’s success last season, that saw him crowned FIFA’s Best Coach of the Year, has not been forgotten about, however, with United boss Mourinho sending on a message of support.

 

The 54-year-old, who, like Ranieri, was also sacked the season after claiming the Premier League title, posted on his Instagram page to remind the Italian that no one can delete his achievements.

He wrote: “CHAMPION OF ENGLAND and FIFA MANAGER of THE YEAR.sacked. Thats the new football claudio.keep smiling AMICO.nobody can delete the history you wrote.”

EPL: Ranieri reacts to Leicester sacking says’My dream died’

'My dream died' - Ranieri speaks for first time after Leicester sacking

Claudio Ranieri has spoken for the first time since being sacked as Leicester City boss, claiming the club will forever hold a place in his heart.

The Italian was sacked on Thursday, less than 10 months after guiding the Foxes to a historic Premier League title, with the club’s board expressing their concern at the possibility of relegation from the top-flight.

Ranieri initially remained quiet on his dismissal, though released a statement on Friday evening stating that his “dream had died”, and thanked those that helped him achieve the impossible last season.

“Yesterday my dream died,” the statement read. “After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League Champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always.

“Sadly this was not to be.

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“I wish to thank my wife Rosanna and all my family for their never ending support during my time at Leicester.

“My thanks go to Paolo and Andrea who accompanied me on this wonderful journey. To Steve Kutner and Franco Granello for bringing me the opportunity to become a champion.

“Mostly I have to thank Leicester City Football Club. The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever.

“Thank you to all the journalists and the media who came with us and enjoyed reporting on the greatest story in football.

“My heartfelt thanks to everybody at the club, all the players, the staff, everybody who was there and was part of what we achieved.

HD Claudio Ranieri Leicester City

“But mostly to the supporters. You took me into your hearts from day one and loved me. I love you too. No one can ever take away what we together have achieved, and I hope you think about it and smile every day the way I always will.

 

“It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget. It’s been a pleasure and an honour to be a Champion with all of you.

Premier League Table after week

TeamPPts
1
CHELSEA FC 24                         59
2
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC 24                                                         50
3
MANCHESTER CITY FC 24                         49
4
ARSENAL FC 24                         47
5
LIVERPOOL FC 24                          46
6
MANCHESTER UNITED FC 24                         45
7
EVERTON FC 24                         40
8
WEST BROMWICH ALBION FC 24                          36
9
WEST HAM UNITED FC 24                          31
10
WATFORD FC 24                           30
11
STOKE CITY FC 24                           29
12
BURNLEY FC 24                           29
13
SOUTHAMPTON FC 24                           27
14
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 24                          26
15
MIDDLESBROUGH FC 24                           21
16
LEICESTER CITY FC 24                           21
17
SWANSEA CITY AFC 24                           21
18
HULL CITY AFC 24                          20
19
CRYSTAL PALACE FC 24                          19
20
SUNDERLAND AFC 24                          19
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