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Chelsea wins Premier League opener

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BURNLEY, England - Diego Costa began to pay back his hefty transfer fee with a debut goal for Chelsea as they recovered from the shock of going behind to seal an emphatic 3-1 win over Burnley yesterday.

Spain striker Costa, bought from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid for 32 million euros ($F79 million), cancelled out Scott Arfield's opener for Burnley before Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic scored further goals before half-time to ease Jose Mourinho's side to an impressive victory in their Premier League opener at Turf Moor.

Having failed to bring a trophy to Stamford Bridge last season for the first time in his two spells in charge, Blues boss Mourinho — and possibly club owner Roman Abramovich — will not tolerate such relative failure again.

The arrival of Costa therefore came as a serious show of intent and Chelsea's determination to dethrone reigning champions Manchester City was further underlined as they went top of the table after a dominant performance inspired by a masterful debut from Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

The newly-promoted Clarets' last visit to the top-flight in 2009-10, had brought a memorable opening home win over Manchester United and the fixture list presented them with an opportunity to make a similarly spectacular entrance.

While Chelsea's squad assembled over the years at a cost of around 190 million ($F470 million), Burnley's cost nearer 6 million ($F14 million), with only one member of their starting line recruited in pre-season for a fee in the shape of former Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz.








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