Chelsea began their title defence with a 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley but new defender Antonio Rudiger insists they ‘deserve compliments’ for their second-half fightback.
The Blues went 3-0 down to Burnley after the early sending-off of Gary Cahill and fought back to 3-2 with goals from Alvaro Morata and David Luiz despite another red card for Cesc Fabregas.
Chelsea were poor until it looked like the cause was lost, according to our Daniel Storey.
“To start the season with two red cards and a bad result is not good,” admitted new defender Antonio Rudiger.
“Of course everyone is disappointed because we wanted to win the first match of the season at home. We need to work because next week we have a tough opponent.
“If you have a red card early in the game it’s a shock moment for everyone but we are all professionals and we need to do better in those kind of situations. We conceded three goals too easily.
“We tried our best but at the end of the day football is about results and we lost.
“In the second half we deserve compliments because you saw a team who tried when it wasn’t easy and at the end of the match we had two men less.
“We have to take the positives from the game, like the second half, work hard during the week and play a good match against Tottenham.”