Chelsea got their season off to a great start with a 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor tonight. The Blues saw title rivals Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester notch wins this weekend, and followed suit despite an early scare against Sean Dyche's newly promoted Clarets.
Midfielder Scott Arfield handed Burnley a shock lead in the first 15 minutes, but Jose Mourinho's side showed their strength with a dominant display from there on in. New signing Diego Costa grabbed his first Premier League goal from close range, before Cesc Fabregas played an outstanding pass for Andre Schurrle to give Chelsea the lead.
Branislav Ivanovic turned home the third from a corner before half time, and with just one shot on target in the second half, Chelsea saw the game out perfectly, displaying a previously unseen patient build-up. Here is how Chelsea's players fared against Burnley...
Thibaut Courtois 8 - Handed the start and ultimately the No. 1 jersey ahead of Petr Cech this season, Courtois was confident when coming out for crosses and displayed excellent handling from shots and high balls into the box.
Branislav Ivanovic 8 - Turned in Chelsea's third goal of the night to all but wrap the game up, and was strong defensively to prevent Burnley attacks.
John Terry 7 - After a shaky first 10-15 minutes, Terry was largely comfortable in defence, nullifying the threat of Burnley front two Danny Ings and Lukasz Jutkiewicz.
Gary Cahill 7 - Much like Terry, Cahill grew into the game after Burnley came out of the traps strongly, and was comfortable in possession as ever as he renewed his excellent partnership with skipper Terry.
Cesar Azpilicueta 7 - Something of a surprise inclusion at left back after the £20m summer signing of Filipe Luis, but Azpilicueta continued to impress with a solid display.
Nemanja Matic 7 - Matic's role in the Chelsea team can be seen as simple, but the Serbian plays it so perfectly; he wins the ball back, and distributes it to the more attack-minded Blues stars - which he did again tonight.
Cesc Fabregas 9 - Welcome back to the Premier League, Cesc. Two assists for Fabregas marked a superb return to English football for the former Arsenal star, with his pass for Andre Schurrle's goal a thing of beauty.
Andre Schurrle 8 - Followed up a strong World Cup campaign with Germany with a start and a goal for Chelsea, latching onto Fabregas' perfect pass with a deft finish, and looked a threat throughout.
Oscar 7 - Ended last season out of form, and didn't look at his best again tonight, but something of an improvement as he was always looking to get on the ball in behind Costa.
Eden Hazard 8 - Always looked a threat in possession, and his dribbling and vision was simply too much for the Burnley defence to handle at times, preferring to take the pass rather than the shot in a selfless display.
Diego Costa 8 - Brought in to boost the Chelsea front line, and he did that perfectly tonight. Costa held the ball up superbly and showed his predatory instincts with the crucial equaliser.
Willian 6 - a quiet cameo from Willian as Chelsea ran out comfortable winners.
John Obi Mikel 6 - touched the ball just six times when he came on as Chelsea looked to just close the game out.
Didier Drogba 6 - a hero's return for the Ivorian, but played just six minutes when he came on for Hazard.