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  • August 18, 2014
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Turf Moor, Burnley
  • Referee: M. Oliver
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Premier League Preview: Burnley - Chelsea

Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis are set to feature at Turf Moor as Jose Mourinho's side gets its Premier League title chase underway.

Chelsea is set to unleash its major summer signings when the club launches its campaign at Premier League newcomer Burnley on Monday.

Jose Mourinho's men finished third in the Premier League last season, four points behind champion Manchester City.
 
Chelsea bolstered its firepower by adding Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, while former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas also made the move from La Liga as he swapped Barcelona for Stamford Bridge.
 
Both men are set to be pivotal figures for Mourinho, while Filipe Luis has been brought in to provide the team with a natural left back following Ashley Cole’s departure.

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Returning hero Didier Drogba adds further muscle in attack but is a doubt for the season opener after sustaining an ankle injury during a preseason friendly against Ferencvaros. In solving the biggest dilemna in an impressive squad, Jose Mourinho has, as reported by Goal UK, made Thibaut Courtois his No. 1. The Belgian will start, with Petr Cech free to find a new club.
 
Mourinho continually played down his team's title prospects last season but he accepts that Chelsea is among the front-runners this campaign.
 
"This season, obviously, we bought some key players, we believe and we are feeling that the new players have brought the squad and team into another dimension," he said. "Yes, we are title contenders. If you expect me to say we will win the Premier League, I can't say that. I can't because I have to respect the competition, which is the only [league] that has more than two title contenders.
 
"I have to respect the opponents and efforts the other teams made to improve their already top teams but we all feel we are title contenders."
 
Burnley undertook a predictably more low-key approach during the offseason following its surprise march to an automatic promotion place last season.
 
Wolves left back Stephen Ward became the seventh recruit Friday ahead of the club's top-flight return, while Lukas Jutkiewicz has enjoyed a prolific preseason since signing from Middlesbrough.

Jutkiewicz is expected to partner with Danny Ings in attack as Sam Vokes continues his lengthy rehabilitation from cruciate knee ligament damage.

"There will be a vast gap in resources available, that's the reality of it," manager Sean Dyche told reporters. "There are probably still eight Championship clubs I could name off the bat who have got a better player wage level than we have now.
 
"But look at what you've got, not what you haven't. We have to find a way of operating to get where we want. Behind my extremely bouncer-like look, there are a couple of brain cells in there."

Five years ago, Burnley memorably won its opening Premier League home game of the season 1-0 against Manchester United and Dyche is not ruling out another upset.
 
"Never say never," he added. "Was it Cardiff who got three points off Man City early last season? I don't think many would have been expecting that."

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