Chelsea FC are off to a flying start as they came from behind to defeat Burnley 1-3 in their opening fixture of the Premier League campaign.
New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas helped Chelsea come from behind to opening their Premier League campaign with a 1-3 win over Burnley.
After making some big name signings this summer Chelsea, along with Manchester City, are the favourites to win the league this season according to pundits. They travelled to face newly promoted side Burnley in their opening fixture of the season, and a goal from Scott Arfield provided the host with a shock lead in the 14th minute of the game.
But Chelsea responded immediately and new signing Diego Costa scored his first goal in the league after the Branislav Ivanovic’s cross hit the post and fell kindly for him. Four minutes later Andre Schurrle provided the London club with the lead as Cesc Fabregas put him through on goal and the German international finished past Tom Heaton.
Goals continued to arrive in the first half as Branislav Ivanovic doubled Chelsea’s lead in the 34th minute as Fabregas’ corner was volleyed in by the right back. The second half didn’t see too much goal mouth action as Chelsea took control of the game.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was delighted with his side’s performance and pointed out the performance of two of his new recruits.
“We had control of the game and in some moments we had the quality and style which we want to play.
“You gave Cesc the man of the match and I completely agree. He was the maestro and controlled the tempo of the game with (Nemanja) Matic.
“He dictated the speed and intensity of the game
“Diego did something very important for us which was the first goal. His movement and interaction with Eden (Hazard), Oscar and Schurrle was very good, although I feel sorry for him because it was a penalty and never a yellow card.” – The Chelsea manager.
Mourinho added that his players are close to playing as a unit after returning from breaks and insisted that the arrival of Costa and Cesc has added a new dimension to the squad.
“We have had no more than six or seven sessions with everyone together but we knew the direction we wanted to go.
“I always thought that Diego and Cesc would bring us to the dimension we want because they are different players to what we had in the past.
“We need that striker who can hold the ball and have interaction with other players, and we need that kind of midfielder that dictates the intensity in the centre.” – He added.