When Gary Cahill lunged into Steven Defour after 13 minutes at Stamford Bridge we saw the Belgian's experience come to the fore.
It is not since March 2014 that Chelsea have had two players sent off in the same game in the Premier League and only the seventh occasion on which it has happened in their Premier League history.
Sam Vokes was Burnley's match-winner with a brace and Alvaro Morata's lively Chelsea debut - a goal and an assist for David Luiz - came in vain.
The Premier League champions suffered a nightmare opening 45 minutes to the new campaign.
The Blues have set their sights on a number of potential signings to boost their depleted squad.
"You just get on with it and keep battling back, like we did in the second half".
"But our first half, we kept losing our heads".
"Why do I have to send a message? Why?"
Sensing the opportunity before them, Burnley continued to press against opponents who were creating nothing in the final third and in the space of four minutes before half-time they had powered out of sight. I'm Oliver Emmerson, and I'll be taking you through the afternoon's action in the Premier League and elsewhere, after Watford's fixture against Liverpool, following the scores through the afternoon until Brighton and Hove Albion host Manchester City later on. Forget Gray, Vokes was the player Burnley couldn't afford to lose. We must have the right experience to face this situation.
Watford twice went in front through Stefano Okaka and Abdoulaye Doucoure, but Liverpool equalised each time via Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who then teed up new boy Mohamed Salah to put the visitors 3-2 up.
"The red card was a key moment". It's obvious because the linesman is on the line.
Mounie's goals were the first repayments on his club-record £11.4 million transfer from Montpellier and sent the Yorkshire club to the top of the fledgling standings.
Debutant Ahmed Hegazi's first-half header earned West Bromwich Albion a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, while Mauricio Pellegrino's tenure as Southampton manager began with a 0-0 draw at home to Swansea City.
43' - GOAL! Chelsea 0-3 Burnley.
Ward delivered a stunning shot from a tight angle for the second, but having been played in by a one-two he was allowed into a scoring position far too easily with N'golo Kante enabling him to escape.