Antonio Conte happy with Chelsea despite humiliating defeat in Premier League opener

– Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill were sent off in the defeat to Burnley – Conte says his players were not well composed after Cahill was sent off

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says his players did not control themselves after Gary Cahill was sent off in the 3-2 Premier League defeat to Burnley.

Gary Cahill sent off after 14 minutes and Burnley capitalized scoring three goals before half time through Sam Vokes double and Stephen Ward’s volley.

Alvaro Morata pulled one back in the second half and Cesc Fabregas was shown a yellow card before David Luiz scored another goal for the Blues.

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Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Conte said he was not happy with the first half as the players lost their head but saw positives in the second half were the Blues regained their composure.

The Italian referenced the Blues finishing the the FA Cup final and Community Shield with less than 11 men saying he would plan to have his team play with 10 or nine men. “In the last three official games we have finished with nine or 10 men. I have to try to adapt a new system and to anticipate this situation of playing with nine or 10 men in the next game.” PAY ATTENTION: “I don’t want to comment on the referee, absolutely not. We tried until the end to reach a good result against Burnley – it was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good. Get the latest sport news on sport app

“The sending off of Cahill was a key moment, because to play the rest of the game with 10 and then nine men is not easy,” Conte said.

“But our first half we kept losing our heads – after the red card we lost our heads a bit, conceded three goals and then it’s very difficult to change the final result.

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