Chelsea rode through the setback of conceding early at Turf Moor to earn a 3-1 victory over Burnley on Monday evening, claiming their place atop the Premier League as a result.
Scott Arfield's half-volley from distance saw Sean Dyche's side go 1-0 up in the 14th minute, but Jose Mourinho's men hauled themselves back into the fixture.
Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic all netted in the first half to round off the scoring early, with Cesc Fabregas enjoying a classy Premier League debut for the Blues upon his return to England.
Costa could have had a second, too, showing predatory instincts to pounce upon a poor Ben Mee back-pass before forcing contact from Tom Heaton as he went to the ground. No penalty was given and a caution for simulation was instead shown, but Mourinho is quoted by the Daily Mail in giving his take:
Bleacher Report's Garry Hayes quotes Dyche in backing the referee in his decision, however, not giving much indication of his own personal feelings on the matter:
The Portuguese was also quick to highlight the battling will shown by his players, per the official Chelsea Twitter account, praising the Blues for their first-half response:
That resilience was just too much for Burnley to handle in the end, and with the money that Chelsea have invested over the summer, those at Stamford Bridge may like to believe there are only further improvements to come.
Sky Football's Matthew Stanger quotes Dyche in being upbeat despite the result, while the official Premier League Twitter account has the Turf Moor boss as saying Chelsea were a class above his own outfit:
After bouncing back so successfully following that initial stumbling block, the second half was a much more flat period for both teams, a test in consistency that Chelsea may see as a point in need of improvement.
Mourinho did point this out as being one of their weaker aspects, but three points were the ultimate reward, deserved according to the west Londoners' manager:
The tactician was also pleased to see such a bright return to Premier League football for Fabregas, per Hayes:
Fellow Spanish international Costa also caught praise upon marking his debut with a goal. Mourinho added that Thibaut Courtois' place in the starting XI was merely for Monday night, with no permanent decisions made on where Petr Cech ranks, according to The Guardian's Daniel Taylor:
Altogether, Chelsea can be pleased with the way in which they opened their account for the 2014-15 campaign, and first place is the reward earned, at least for the time being.
That being said, there will be far more difficult tasks than Burnley on the road to Premier League glory, with both Mourinho and Dyche able to look upon this result as one filled with lessons.
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