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Do Chelsea have bigger problems than their opening day defeat

DATE: 14.08.2016 - SOCCERVOICE - NEWS - SEASON 2016-17

Chelsea suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at the hands of Burnley in their opening Premier League fixture at the weekend;

On the face of it, one could normally argue that Chelsea simply didn't turn up and that Burnley were simply too good for the Premier League champions on the day. 
 

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Indeed, it would be unfair to say that Burnley played well and were well deserving of the three points, putting on an energetic and ruthless first-half display that took full advantage of the dismissal of Chelsea captain Gary Cahill after a lunging tackle on Belgian midfielder Steven Defour. 

However, Chelsea's performance was a far cry from the disciplined outfit that stormed to the Premier League title last year with a record-breaking 30 wins.
 



Credit: Burnley Football Club via
Instagram.

Antonio Conte has voiced his frustrations about the club's lack of transfer activity and whilst the Blues have made some exceptionally good signings on paper, the players that have been brought in arguably haven't added any depth to the squad whatsoever.

Alvaro Morata is a young striker with bags of potential, but he can be seen as a replacement for Diego Costa, who looks more than likely set to leave before the end of the transfer window. The arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco is again, an impressive capture on the face of it, but the versatile French midfielder has simply replaced the outgoing Nemanja Matic.

If one is to read between the lines with regards to Conte's recent comments, it seems that Matic was sold without his approval, which can only spell trouble with regards to the Italian's future at the club.


Source: Manchester United via
Instagram.

Moreover, it seems that the inclusion of young attacking midfielder Jeremie Boga in the opening game against Burnley was Conte making a point about the resources available to him in the centre of the park.

Whilst the 20-year-old clearly has a bright future in the game, the youngster would have been nowhere near the starting 11 last year and throwing such an inexperienced player into the deep end only serves to further highlight that Conte's head really isn't in the game at the moment.

Chelsea are now as long as 7/1 to retain their Premier League Title in the football odds, with Conte tipped to be the first Premier League manager to leave this season despite only recently signing an improved deal.
 

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Whilst you could argue that losing the opening Premier League game of the season isn't the end of the world (or Chelsea's title hopes), the circumstances surrounding the result seem more indicative of bigger problems within the club, or at least between the manager and those higher up.

To put the result into some sort of context, Burnley only managed a meagre seven points away from home all season and it took them until April 29th last season to register their first away win, a 2-0 victory at Selhurst Park against a Crystal Palace side that was in total disarray the time.

Conte will be more desperate than ever to add to his squad before the window closes and it will be interesting to see how the situation at Stamford Bridge develops, especially with the sale of Matic seemingly being done right under the manager's nose.

 

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