Paul Merson berates Antonio Conte for shocking Alvaro Morata/Michy Batshuayi substitution

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

By the end Stamford Bridge was in uproar for all the right reasons as Chelsea pressed hard, shots were cleared of the line, Burnley hung on with great heart and the home crowd were at least able to cheer their bloodied champions from the pitch at the end of a genuinely wild season's opener. Within three minutes it was 3-0, with another simple goal: another cross from the right by Defour, another bad piece of marking by David Luiz, and another simple headed finish by Vokes in hectares of space.

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

But Burnley could have got a fourth but Robbie Brady's free kick rebounded off the post.

Burnley took full advantage and opened the scoring ten minutes later as Sam Vokes flicked past Thibaut Courtois from a Matt Lowton cross before Ward fired in to the far corner to make it 2-0.

Conte cut an unhappy figure on the sideline, as he has done during most of pre-season and at Wembley last weekend. Conte also revealed that he is not yet sure whether Pedro will recover in time from an ankle knock.

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"We scored three good goals and I think when you are talking about who you are playing against and where you are playing, that's up there as one of the best 45 minutes of my time here", said the manager, who joined Burnley in 2012.

Stamford Bridge is never an easy place to grab a result, but Sean Dyche's men are making it look effortless against a 10-man Blues squad after they had Gary Cahill sent to the showers early after a cynical challenge.

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.

Chelsea had their first real chance at goal 11 minutes in when Cesar Azpilicueta's low cross was deflected and almost sat up for Willian to fire home in the centre of the goal.

Fabregas had been shown a yellow card for dissent before a tackle on Jack Cork ended his afternoon.

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