Chelsea may have conceded the first goal of the match against Burnley, but thereafter they proved why they are one of the top favourites to win the Premier League title this season.
Scott Arfield put the hosts in the lead in the 14th minute with a shot from distance, but three minutes later Diego Costa equalised on his competitive debut for the Blues.
Andre Schurrle scored Chelsea’s second goal at Turf Moor on 21 minutes, and 11 minutes before the half-time interval Branislav Ivanovic made it 3-1.
Game, set and match.
Chelsea’s performance against Burnley was the best on the opening matchday of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign, with former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas playing a key role in the second and third goals.
It was the second goal that stood out, with 24 passes involved before Schurrle adding the finishing touch , leading former Leicester City and Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage, who now works as a 'Match of the Day' pundit, to rave about it on social networking site Twitter.
What a goal !! That goal will take some beating this year !! Better than arsenal last year— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) August 18, 2014
How Many passes was that— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) August 18, 2014
24 passes— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) August 18, 2014
Will not be a better team goal all season— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) August 18, 2014
We are watching the champions tonight— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) August 18, 2014
It was indeed a brilliant goal and the best of the first round in the English top flight, but one has to remember that it was scored against a Burnley side who are one of the favourites to suffer relegation from the Premier League.
Nevertheless, the performance of Chelsea away from home on Monday will certainly make other title-challengers sit up and take notice.