Chelsea Have Begun Their Title Defense In Shambolic Fashion

A 3-2 loss to Burnley is probably not how Chelsea envisioned the season starting.

Gary Cahill, everybody!

Just 14 minutes into his first Premier League match as Chelsea's club captain, Gary Cahill paid a touching tribute to predecessor John Terry by being a dick and getting himself sent off.

Following Cahill's exit, Chelsea's defense bungled its way to a 3-0 halftime deficit to, uh, Burnley.

The second half was a bit better. Alvaro Morata scored his first Chelsea goal and assisted David Luiz's late effort to make things interesting. Cesc Fabregas got sent off, which means he and Cahill will be unavailable when Chelsea play Tottenham Hotspur next weekend. That does not bode well.

If Chelsea lose next weekend, they will begin drawing comparisons to their last title defense, in which they finished 10th and Jose Mourinho got the sack in December.

It's too early to panic, but, as any football fan knows, it's never too early to start thinking about panicking. Chelsea fans are beginning to think about panicking right now.

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