Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Conte criticises Chelsea players for loss of composure

Conte criticises Chelsea players for loss of composure

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was delighted after his team ditched their label as poor travellers to pull off a shock 3-2 win at champions Chelsea, who finished with nine men, on Saturday.

The Blues' club-record signing was brought on in the 59th minute, scoring with a powerful header 10 minutes later. The former Real Madrid star also laid on the assist for David Luiz to grab a second, although it was not enough to prevent defeat.

Within 19 minutes, Chelsea found themselves not only three goals down but also down to ten men following Gary Cahill's reckless challenge. Chelsea are a top-class side and it is tough to come here and dominant possession, even when they have 10 men, but we were too flippant with the ball and we gave it away too cheaply. 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.

Asked about the referee Craig Pawson's performance in sending off first Cahill and then Cesc Fàbregas, Conte offered a long pause before saying: "I prefer not to comment on the referee's decisions or the performance of the referee".

"If we are able to stay in the game, then anything can happen in the second half, but instead we conceded three goals".

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He didn't putt all that well (70th in strokes gained putting), and the course played differently than it had in the past. Asked if he saw a "low one" out there, he said: "Yeah, but I guess a low round used to be a 61 or a 62".

"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. I have to start to study a new formation with 10 players because this irregularity is worrying".

"That's a huge result - a lot was made of our away form last season", he said. My choice was to put out the best players that we have in this moment. As for the transfer market, the club is trying to do the best.

"I repeat: It is important for us to concentrate on our work, to be focused every day in training and to try to work in our best way".

In addition to having lost three crucial points, Chelsea's depleted squad face an away trip to Tottenham next weekend without suspended pair Cahill and Fabregas.

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