Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Nine-man Chelsea beaten by Burnley

Nine-man Chelsea beaten by Burnley

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has stated that he is focused on improving his squad as they prepare to face Burnley in their opening English Premier League clash on Saturday.

Full-back Stephen Ward then compounded Chelsea's misery when he netted a stunning strike to double the Clarets' lead before Sam Vokes hit another before half-time to make it 3-0.

Goals from substitute Alvaro Morata and David Luiz brought Chelsea back into the game, but Cesc Fabregas's dismissal for two bookable offences meant Conte's men finished the game with nine men.

Conte said: "Morata is very important and it's important that he now adapts himself to our philosophy - today he played a good game with the right intensity".

Chelsea's title defence got off to the worst start possible as they first went down to 10 men before conceding three goals in the first half.

"He's starting to understand what I want (from) him during the game", Conte said.

"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".

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"I think Everton are a really good team, very good squad", Conte added.

However, Chelsea's odd transfer business this summer should have no effect on the match this weekend.

"We must pay attention and try to keep our heads the rest of the game".

"Honestly, I'm pleased because we are working very well with the team and this group of players".

The champions were looking much more of a threat and had the ball in the net again six minutes later but Morata who poked in Andreas Christensen's shot at the far post was ruled offside. I wanted to win, not to send a message to my club.

"I like this. To have many teams ready to fight for the title increases the level of this league".

Conte was proud of the second-half effort, but acknowledged Chelsea lost their heads after Cahill saw red, a period in which Fabregas got his first booking for sarcastically applauding referee Craig Pawson, who came under pressure from the home players and supporters.

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