Chelsea boss Antonio Conte doesn't want any sympathy

Rebecca Barbier
Agosto 13, 2017

Alvaro Morata nearly inspired a comeback as a second-half substitute, scoring before setting up a late strike for David Luiz, a goal that came after Cesc Fabregas' removal for a second yellow had seen Chelsea reduced to nine men.

But Burnley held on to claim a first win at Stamford Bridge since 1971, and leave Conte lamenting the early dismissal of Cahill for putting his side on the backfoot. "In recent games we have finished with nine or 10 men".

Chelsea begin their title defence against Burnley on Saturday and Conte is concerned that his squad is not strong enough and wants more arrivals before the transfer window closes.

But that would deprive Burnley their due for a disciplined, energetic and ruthless first-half display that saw them score three times, with Sam Vokes netting twice - a header and a volley - either side of a lashing angled drive from Stephen Ward. "It was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good", he said.

"For sure it was a key moment, because after this red card we lost our composure and we conceded three goals and I think we have to improve a lot on this aspect".

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Conte added: "There could be an opportunity to start the game for Rudiger because Moses will miss out for one game". They were the best team by far last season and I still think a lot of that quality is there, ' said the 39-year-old former England worldwide, who is now a BT Sport pundit. And then I repeat: "the club is trying to do their best on the transfer market". "If the club decides to send on loan players for their development it's because these players are not ready to play for Chelsea".

"My only task is to be focused on the pitch and work with my players".

Chelsea down to 9 men. There is also a degree of expectation management, not only acknowledging that Chelsea will have additional Champions League fixtures to contend with this season, but also the more simple fact that retaining the title is hard; as his predecessors Carlo Ancelotti and José Mourinho (second time around) found. Last season, Antonio Conte led them to their 5th title, and while Matic was a core player alongside N'Golo Kante, it was the Frenchman who ended up with a majority of the credit.

"Today big decisions changed the outcome, quite obviously", the Burnley manager said. In a game I feel Chelsea will dominate possession and create a lot of chances, the new number 9 will be hoping to grab a goal or two and get his career off and running in England.

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