Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Conte criticises Chelsea players for loss of composure

Conte criticises Chelsea players for loss of composure

Champions Chelsea suffered a disappointing start to their Premier League title defence, as they suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley.

After Captain Gary Cahill received a straight red card for a reckless tackle on Steven Defour just after 14 minutes of action, Sam Vokes put Burnley ahead in the 24th minute, volleying in Matthew Lowton's cross.

Former Barcelona and Tottenham striker Lineker reacted to Morata's first Chelsea goal before Cesc Fabregas was sent off for a second bookable offence to leave the title holders with nine men.

"I picked the best players that we have at this moment", Conte said.

Mee believes that Chelsea's new striker Alvaro Morata, who joined from Spanish champions Real Madrid last month, could pose a threat to Burnley defenders but is confident that team will come up with and stick to a solid game plan.

Asked what he thought of referee Craig Pawson's performance that incensed much of Stamford Bridge, Conte took a long pause and then replied: "I prefer not to comment on the referee's decisions".

"Instead, we conceded three goals and the second half was very hard to change the final result, despite the great commitment, great desire and great will of my players. But first half after the red card we lost our heads". They will be outmatched against Chelsea, but a nice display would do wonders to keep their heads up.

'That's my message. The situation is clear, I'm not looking for sympathy from other coaches.

Conte has struggled to hide his frustrations over Chelsea's failure to strengthen their squad, with Morata, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero their only new signings.

"I admit it's a very important amount but I have the personality to play calmly and to stay on my path", Morata told Marca.

"The club is trying to do the best", Conte said.

Everton - Ronald Koeman has done a fantastic job and the signing of Wayne Rooney is magical for the player and the club. I am not anxious.

"I like this. To have many teams ready to fight for the title increases the level of this league". We will find the right solution, we will find the right solution.

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