Premier League

Burnley 1-3 Chelsea

By Aimee LewisBBC Sport
Diego Costa scores for Chelsea
Diego Costa scores for Chelsea, his first goal since a £32m move from Atletico Madrid
  • Summer signing Diego Costa scores on his debut
  • Cesc Fabregas provides two assists
  • Chelsea move to top of table after opening win

Diego Costa scored on his Chelsea debut as the title favourites came from behind to outclass newly promoted Burnley at Turf Moor.

There was the threat of an upset as Burnley's Scott Arfield opened the scoring with a long-range strike.

But Burnley's lead was short-lived as Costa levelled with a simple tap-in.

Andre Schurrle scored Chelsea's second after a cute Cesc Fabregas pass and Branislav Ivanovic struck from a corner to put his team in command.

While Chelsea were unable to add to their goal tally in the second half - although the returning Didier Drogba did go close with a volley when he came on as a late substitute - it was a performance that fully justified why many expect Jose Mourinho's men to be Premier League champions in May.

The club's problem last season was in front of goal, with the Londoners scoring 30 fewer goals than Manchester City and Liverpool, the two teams who finished above them in the league.

Match facts
It took Chelsea's strikers until New Year's Day to score a Premier League goal away from home last seasonChelsea only scored 3+ first-half goals once in the Premier League last season (during the 6-0 home win against Arsenal)
Chelsea have kept only two clean sheets in their last eight Premier League away gamesCesc Fabregas has now assisted 72 Premier League goals, just two fewer than Thierry Henry

In acquiring Costa for £32m from Atletico Madrid over the summer, the club appear to have addressed last season's failings. The Spain striker was a dynamic and powerful presence up front and, importantly, more clinical than those who led the line during the last season's third-place finish.

The only blemish on Costa's opening display was a yellow card for diving when through on goal after a defensive lapse by Ben Mee.

But it was a harsh decision by referee Michael Oliver as replays showed the sprawled Tom Heaton had made contact with the striker's protruding leg and, perhaps, the Spaniard should instead have been awarded a penalty.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho praises Blues

With the club's other debutant Fabregas adding creativity to the midfield, Mourinho's new acquisitions have helped make Chelsea a more potent side.

It was Fabregas's breathtaking first-time pass that set up Schurrle at the far post for a magical 25-pass team goal.

And the former Barcelona midfielder was again the provider for his team's third, taking charge of the corner that led to the unchallenged Ivanovic driving home from close range.

Mourinho has also tinkered with his defence, which was the team's strength last season - they had more clean sheets than any other team and conceded the fewest goals.

The Portuguese said he was thinking of the club's future when preferring 22-year-old Thibaut Courtois to Petr Cech, the club's first-choice goalkeeper for the last decade.

While there was a defensive lapse for Burnley's goal, with the Belgian caught unaware when Arfield struck from the edge of the box to spark raucous celebrations, Courtois did produce a fine reflex fingertip save to deny Arfield another in the second half.

It was not a result for the romantics, who would have hoped for a repeat of Burnley's feats five years ago when they beat Manchester United under the Turf Moor floodlights in what was their home opener that season.

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But a team that cost £5m to assemble will, more often than not, struggle against such big-spending Premier League rivals.

The financial gulf between the two clubs was neatly illustrated by the value of the two debutants on each side.

While Costa and Fabregas were purchased at a combined cost of £59m, the players making their Burnley bows - Matt Taylor and Lukas Jutkiewicz - arrived for a combined total of £1.5m.

Defeat means Burnley's wait for a first top-flight victory over Chelsea since August 1973 continues but last season's Championship runners-up will take heart from this performance.

They rattled an experienced defence with their opening goal and refused to cave in in the second half, although Chelsea's intensity did dip after the break - the only slight on Mourinho's men after an impressive opening victory.

Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois, 22, started instead of Petr Cech, the club's first-choice goalkeeper for 10 years
Burnley celebrate opening goal
The Belgium goalkeeper was beaten when Scott Arfield scored with the game's first shot on target
Diego Costa celebrates scoring on Chelsea debut
Diego Costa, a £32m summer signing, scores on his Premier League debut
Andre Schurrle scores for Chelsea
Andre Schurrle's goal came after a 25-pass move, which included a fabulous Cesc Fabregas pass
Branislav Ivanovic scores Chelsea's third goal
Defender Branislav Ivanovic's goal was his 17th for Chelsea in the Premier League
Didier Drogba goes close for Chelsea
Didier Drogba came on for his second Chelsea debut - much to the delight of the club's fans at Turf Moor



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 6Mee
  • 37Arfield
  • 8Marney
  • 14Jones
  • 15TaylorSubstituted forKightlyat 70'minutes
  • 10IngsSubstituted forSordellat 82'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 19JutkiewiczSubstituted forBarnesat 70'minutes


  • 7Wallace
  • 11Kightly
  • 17Sordell
  • 22Gilks
  • 28Long
  • 30Barnes
  • 38Dummigan


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 21Matic
  • 14SchürrleSubstituted forWillianat 78'minutes
  • 8OscarSubstituted forMikelat 82'minutes
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forDrogbaat 84'minutes
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 31mins


  • 1Cech
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 5Zouma
  • 9Torres
  • 11Drogba
  • 12Mikel
  • 22Willian
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamChelsea
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 1, Chelsea 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Chelsea 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Didier Drogba (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thibaut Courtois.

  4. Booking

    Marvin Sordell (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Sordell (Burnley).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Didier Drogba replaces Eden Hazard.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Marvin Sordell replaces Danny Ings.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. John Obi Mikel replaces Oscar.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces André Schürrle.

  11. Post update

    Foul by André Schürrle (Chelsea).

  12. Post update

    Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Francesc Fábregas (Chelsea).

  14. Post update

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Michael Kightly replaces Matthew Taylor.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Danny Ings tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Thibaut Courtois tries a through ball, but André Schürrle is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 18th August 2014

As It Stood

2Man City11002023
6Aston Villa11001013
12West Brom10102201
13Crystal Palace100112-10
14Man Utd100112-10
18West Ham100101-10
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