Champions Chelsea stunned by Burnley, Liverpool thwarted in thriller

The Blues were crowned champions in May after a scintillating debut campaign for Conte at Stamford Bridge but the Italian warned his side they can not repeat the same mistakes made under Jose Mourinho in 2015.

As well as defender Terry and midfielder Matic, Chelsea have sold Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth, while last season's top scorer Diego Costa has been told he is free to leave.

However, Chelsea's unusual transfer business this summer should have no effect on the match this weekend.

Sam Vokes' double and a beauty from Stephen Ward stunned the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

Bookmakers, with one eye on making headlines, have Conte as 7-2 favourite to follow Mourinho's lead and get the sack the season after winning the title at Chelsea. It lasted only 18 minutes, when he was sacrificed as Conte reorganized following Cahill's sending off.

There are big expectations on Morata who is tasked with leading Chelsea's attack as the London club attempt to defend the Premier League title they won in emphatic fashion last season.

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.

"To score at Goodison on my first game back in the Premier League, it doesn't get much better", he said. For this reason I'm telling you we're working very hard to try to improve our team.

Boga was sacrificed for Andreas Christensen after Cahill's dismissal, which will see the skipper miss next week's visit to Wembley to face Tottenham, as well as games with Everton and Leicester. Chelsea lost to both Inter Milan and Bayern Munich in pre-season before producing a flat display against Arsenal on Sunday.

The Blues were better after the break and pulled a goal back when summer signing Alvaro Morata headed in shortly after coming off the bench. In the next game I don't know if Pedro is able to recover from his injury, but for sure we will have two players out for a ban, Cahill and Fabregas.

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