Conte criticises Chelsea players for loss of composure

Solenn Plantier
Août 12, 2017

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits his players lost their cool as they were reduced to nine men in a shock 3-2 Premier League defeat to Burnley.

Conte, looking exhausted and disgruntled, said he preferred not to talk about the referee who also sent off Cesc Fabregas in the 82nd minute after the Spaniard earned a second yellow card for an ill-timed tackle on former Chelsea man Jack Cork.

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".

The Blues signed Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata this summer but supporters are not satisfied and feel the squad lacks the depth to compete this season.

"Also I have to study a new formation with 10 men, because when it happens with this regularity I must be anxious".

Gary Cahill was sent off after just 14 minutes.

"For the transfer market the club is trying to do their best, I am not anxious, I am ready to fight with these players".

Morata, he said, was working hard on his fitness and on adapting to Conte's system.

"You can see that in our pre-season, in every friendly game I played the best formation and it happened also today, because my choice was to put the players we have in this moment". Why do I have to send a message? Why? Why?

Conte handed youngster Jeremie Boga a debut with Victor Moses suspended, while there were also places on the substitutes' bench for Charly Musonda, Kyle Scott, Fikayo Tomori and the disgraced Kenedy, who is reportedly closing in on a loan move to Newcastle having been sent home from the club's pre-season tour of China for posting an insulting video on Instagram.

Asked if he was concerned by the situation, the Italian said: "No, I'm not anxious. We'll find the right solution".

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