Despite the negatives in the Clarets’ surprise win there are reasons to be cheerful about the title-holders. Without the sendings-off we might not have appreciated the excellent qualities and versatility of Antonio Rudiger, nor seen the returning youngster Andreas Christensen, who showcased his composure, quality and pace on and off the ball.
Under different circumstances, we may not have been quite so inspired by the brilliant goal and assist for Alvaro Morata, and how the 10 men rallied to coalesce into a dynamic team.
Moreover, if ever the champions imagined defending the title would be easier, Burnley disavowed them of that notion. This was the early wake-up call and they rose from their slumber.
Perhaps once the dust is settled the most important moment of the game will emerge as Morata’s goal, just 10 minutes after joining the fray from the bench.
Morata is the 89th Chelsea player to hit the net on his first outing, with Pato, Pedro, Diego Costa, Demba Ba and Juan Mata among the last 10 to do likewise. Further back, that illustrious line also includes such stellar names as George Weah, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Gavin Peacock, Kerry Dixon, David Speedie, Peter Osgood, Bobby Tambling, Jimmy Greaves, Tommy Lawton, Jack Cock and George Hilsdon.
Nor has it all been plain sailing for Tottenham at Wembley Stadium. They have won two of their last 10 games in all competitions at the national stadium. They have been defeated three times since 2012 there at the hands of the Blues: one League Cup final and two FA Cup semi-finals. (See tomorrow’s We Have History section for more.)
Last season’s 4-2 Chelsea victory passed on to Spurs an unwanted mantle. Between 1920 and 1966, Chelsea suffered a record six straight losses at the last-four stage of the FA Cup. Spurs have now topped that with seven in succession, most of them at Wembley.
They were keen to acquaint their players with the stadium and arranged a friendly against Juventus a fortnight ago, beating the Italian champions 2-0.
At one stage this match seemed likely to set a new biggest attendance for a league game involving the Blues, and for any London derby outside of cup competitions. With the reported restrictions on numbers allowed to attend, that no longer appears the case.
Famously, our home league record crowd is the 82,905 who in 1935 witnessed a 1-1 draw with Arsenal. Our highest away in the league, 75,948, was set in November 2006 at Old Trafford against Manchester United. In the FA Cup, the 100,000 recorded for Chelsea versus Tottenham in 1967 has never been bettered.
The national stadium will become the 61st arena to host Premier League football, preceded by Brighton’s Amex last weekend and the John Smith Stadium, home of Huddersfield Town, earlier on Sunday.
Chelsea have been victorious on 19 of the 32 occasions we have graced the hallowed turf, and here is how the Blues have fared each time we have visited a new Premier League stadium.
On top of all the rest at stake, there is London pride. Of the Premier League’s ever-present teams, Chelsea are currently the second most successful in games against fellow clubs from the capital.
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Premier League fixtures
Swansea v Manchester United 12.30pm - Sky Sports
Bournemouth v Watford 3pm
Burnley v West Brom 3pm
Leicester v Brighton 3pm
Liverpool v Crystal Palace 3pm
Southampton v West Ham 3pm
Stoke v Arsenal 5.30pm - BT Sport
Huddersfield v Newcastle 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Tottenham v Chelsea 4pm - Sky Sports
Manchester City v Everton 8pm - Sky Sports