"I Am Not Worried", Antonio Conte Speaks on Chelsea's Nightmare Start

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 13, 2017

The visitors shocked Stamford Bridge when they made it 3-0 shortly before half-time when Vokes got his second of the game with a well placed header in the 43rd minute.

Antonio Conte did not see his side go down to 10 men once during his debut campaign in the English top flight.

Vokes hooked in a scuffed finish under minimal pressure in the 24th minute as Chelsea players failed to react to Matt Lowton's cross.

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill was sent off midway through the first half for a reckless tackle on Steven Defour.

After two minutes, Marcos Alsonso became the first Chelsea player of the season to go on the ref's book for a foul on Johann Berg Gudmunsson.

Chelsea had their first real chance at goal 11 minutes in when Cesar Azpilicueta's low cross was deflected and almost sat up for Willian to fire home in the centre of the goal.

'We didn't lose the balance'.

Turns out Morata can play, and his diving header met a classy bit of playmaking from Willian to make it 3-1 in the 69th minute.

Alonso forced the first real save from Tom Heaton to start the second half when his volley from the left forced the England goalkeeper to parry over for a corner. David Luiz pulled back another to make it 3-2 and draw a roar of defiance around Stamford Bridge.

While he will have been consoled by the sight of Alvaro Morata getting on the scoresheet on his debut and Luiz's thumping volley late on, Conte has been left with plenty to ponder ahead of their next match against Tottenham.

Chelsea were reduced to nine players in the 81st minute when Cesc Fabregas was shown a second yellow card but Dyche felt his team deserved the win.

Disjointed and embarrassed in the first half, Chelsea threatened to mount the most unlikely of comebacks in a stirring second-half display, but just failed to overcome their numerical disadvantage.

Counting the red cards received by Victor Moses in last season's FA Cup final and Pedro Rodriguez in last weekend's FA Community Shield against Arsenal, Chelsea have now had four men sent off in their past three matches, and Conte admitted that he is concerned by the regularity of his team's disciplinary issues.

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