Conte criticises Chelsea players for loss of composure

Rose Van Dijk

Rose Van Dijk

After his Chelsea side's sensational 3-2 defeat to Burnley, Antonio Conte was asked how anxious he was about the situation, whether there were deeper concerns.

Chelsea never recovered from the 14th-minute dismissal of captain Gary Cahill, while Cesc Fabregas was sent off later for a second bookable offence as the champions finished with nine men.

Sean Dyche believes his Burnley side produced one of the "best 45 minutes" of his time at the club after leading champions Chelsea 3-0 at half time, who had Gary Cahill sent off for a lunge on Steven Defour only 15 minutes in.

The Blues were unable to respond to a straight red for Cahill in the early stages, with Sam Vokes then recording a brace either side of Stephen Ward's rocket before half-time.

Vokes had a header ruled out after James Tarkowski was penalised for a foul in the build-up, but Burnley soon scored a goal that did count as Chelsea's afternoon took another turn for the worst after 24 minutes.

"We conceded three goals too easily". That didn't stop the Blues from making it 3-2, as Morata flicked onto Luiz for a cool finish.(NBC Sports).

Burnley was expected to struggle this season after losing arguably its best two players in the offseason, defender Michael Keane and striker Andre Gray.

Incredibly, prior to taking on Burnley, Morata had been on a 52-game unbeaten streak in league matches, not having tasted defeat since a 1-0 loss to Sassuolo back in October 2015 while at Juventus.

After a dream start to life at Chelsea, manager Antonio Conte already looks to have a tough job on his hands in his second season in English soccer.

"Of course everyone is disappointed because we wanted to win the first match of the season at home".

Chelsea's coach has praised Alvaro Morata after scoring a goal on his debut against Burnley.

Football is back and the first Friday night opener between Arsenal and Leicester set the tone for the weekend's Premier League games.

After N'Golo Kante had seen a shot deflected onto the roof of the net in first-half stoppage time and Marcos Alonso had been denied by Tom Heaton, Willian began to haul Chelsea back into the contest.

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