Top five conclusions: Burnley 1-3 Chelsea
1. There is real belief in the Blues’ camp
Last season, Chelsea struggled against lesser teams, particularly when those that dropped deep and scored early.
In this game, the Blues conceded early to a team set up in that fashion but they never panicked. They worked well with the ball and kept on going until half-time when they led 3-1. After that Mourinho’s side protected their lead by recycling possession and controlling the tempo of the game with a lot of confidence.
2. Petr Cech will have his work cut out
Over the years, Cech has been an excellent keeper for Chelsea but Thibaut Courtois has just been too good recently. Had Mourinho chosen to start with Cech ahead of Courtois then the Belgian would have been difficult to keep happy at the club.
Faced with a fleeting chance of keeping hold of a young goalkeeper who is already among the very best in the world and should remain competitive for years, Mourinho had to make a difficult choice with the best interests of the club in mind.
The Special One still publicly claims that he is yet to make up his mind on who his first-choice is, but Cech looks set to be the deputy and, if he decides to stay at the club, then he will need some extraordinary form or Courtois will remain first-choice.
3. Burnley can improve on some of their defending
After the game, Sean Dyche later insisted that the quality in Chelsea’s side was the main reason for the result. He was correct to some extent but they were clearly aspects to the Clarets’ game that they did poorly.
He set his side to defend in a 4-4-2 formation with two banks of four ahead of the keeper, which was understandable, but his players defended poorly sometimes. They did not press tightly for the ball when Chelsea players attacked their zones and that allowed Chelsea players to easily pick passes.
Branislav Ivanovic’s goal was another example. They should never have allowed the full-back to score with his foot just a yard from goal. The Clarets may not have the quality of the likes of Chelsea but they could have defended better.
4. Diego Costa was unfortunate on his debut
A goal, a win and a convincing performance should be enough for a dream Premier League debut but Costa will feel slightly aggrieved even after all that. During the first half, he ran on to a misplaced backpass and got to the ball earlier than Burnley keeper Tom Heaton.
Heaton did not show any sign of retreating his hand, he made contact and Burnley should have conceded a penalty plus had a sending off. Instead the Spain international got a booking for diving.
5. Cesc is a touch of class<.h3>
Another Spaniard making his Premier League debut for Chelsea was Cesc Fabregas. He showed why David Moyes spent a long time last summer trying to sign the midfielder for Manchester United.
Fabregas completely dictated the tempo of the game. One of his two assists for the night was an exquisite pass to Schurrle that exuded class and throughout the game he made the passing of his teammates better with his movement.