Burnley: New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas made an instant impact for Chelsea as they launched their Premier League title bid with a confident 3-1 win at promoted Burnley on Monday.
Former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas, brought in from Barcelona during the close season, was influential throughout the game. Chelsea recovered from conceding a 14th-minute goal, quickly turning on the style in an impressive half hour spell to go in 3-1 up at the break.
In a fiery atmosphere, the home side took a surprise lead in the with a superb drive from Scott Arfield after a fine run and pull back from Matt Taylor. Three minutes later, Costa brought the Londoners level on his Premier League debut - firing in after a Branislav Ivanovic cross-shot, following a Fabregas back-heel, had come out off the post.
Four minutes later, Chelsea had the lead — Fabregas providing a beautiful first time pass to German World Cup winner Andre Schurrle who confidently drove home.
Burnley looked shell-shocked and their manager Sean Dyche will be disappointed with the slack defending for Chelsea’s third as an unchallenged Ivanovic slotted in a Fabregas corner in the 34th minute.
Chelsea brought on Didier Drogba for his first official appearance of his second spell with the club as a late substitute to the delight of their travelling supporters.