By Abigail Withey
Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi has admitted that his side were “terrible” as their Premier League campaign got off to a poor start with a shock defeat to relegation contenders Burnley.
On Saturday, Sean Dyche’s side rocked the reigning league champions as they slumped to a 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
A number of problems led to a loss at their home ground, with Gary Cahill handed a straight red in the early phases, and playmaker Cesc Fabregas receiving two yellows which saw Antonio Conte’s squad reduced to nine men.
Batshuayi, 23, started for the Blues, but was substituted in the second half for new signing Alvaro Morata, who scored the first goal for the London side.
The Belgian centre-forward took to social media to apologise to Chelsea fans and said that there were a number of things for the squad to work on after their display.
He told fans on his personal Twitter account that the team would fight and come back from their loss.
“Terrible performance today and a lot of things to work on. I won’t hige, but it’s just day one and the journey to the title is long,” he said.
“Thanks to those who support despite everything, we will fight and make it up soon.”
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) August 12, 2017
Chelsea are only the second reigning Premier League champions to have lost their opening game of the following season, after Leicester lost 2-1 to Hull City in their first match of the 2016/17 campaign.
The club are also the first side to receive two red cards during the first match of the top flight, which is no doubt a record the club won’t want to be recognised for.
Conte will be feeling frustrated after venting his annoyance at the lack of summer recruits over the past few weeks, and will potentially look to securing some new players before transfer deadline day.
In other Chelsea news, the club have submitted a huge bid for this Premier League playmaker.