Chelsea Shocked, Liverpool Held While Man City Victorious in Premier League Opener
Three different results were earned by top Premier League teams in their opening fixture this Saturday as defending champions, Chelsea fell into a 3-2 defeat while Liverpool held in a thrilling draw and Manchester City got themselves all three points.
At Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte’s side saw themselves losing composure in the first 45 minutes soon after their skipper, Gary Cahill got a straight red after just 14 minutes into the game.
Playing with one man down very early seemed to shock The Blues as they conceded three goals in that first 45 minutes with Burnley already looking to win the tie with some conviction.
Conte’s men made a short come back after the break, right after Alvaro Morata’s entrance as the Spaniard pulled one back, before giving out a lovely assist for David Luiz.
Unfortunately, another sending off for Cesc Fabregas in the second half means that The Blues were playing with just nine men, making things really difficult for them to stage that come back.
Liverpool themselves got involved into a thrilling encounter as they were chasing the game 2-1 during the first half against Watford, before turning it 3-2 early in the second half with goals from Roberto Firmino along with summer signing Mohammed Salah.
However, just before the final whistle, the home team got back on level terms thanks to a late effort from Miguel Britos.
As for the title favorite this season, Man City off to a positive start as they grabbed a comfortable 2-0 victory against newly promoted Brighton.
It was not some goal fest though from Pep Guardiola’s men as they were made to work extra hard in getting their goals, with the opener coming from Sergio Aguero in the 70th minute while the second was netted thanks to an own goal by Lewis Dunk.
Full results for English Premier League Saturday fixtures:
Watford 3-3 Liverpool, Chelsea 2-3 Burnley, Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield Town, Everton 1-0 Stoke City, Southampton 0-0 Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Bournemouth, Brighton Hove & Albion 0-2 Manchester City.