Conte admits Chelsea 'lost their heads', refuses to comment on ref

Conte admits Chelsea 'lost their heads', refuses to comment on ref

The home side were back in the match in the 69th minute when Morata headed a Willian cross into the bottom corner to register his first goal for the club, although the champions still had a lot to do to turn the game around. Last season, Antonio Conte led them to their 5th title, and while Matic was a core player alongside N'Golo Kante, it was the Frenchman who ended up with a majority of the credit. Even in the home game against Chelsea back in February they proved their Premier league worth as they fort back from an early Pedro goal to draw the game 1-1.

Conte, who named £58million Spain striker Alvaro Mata on the bench, denied a suggestion that his team selection was a message to the board that he is disgruntled over Chelsea's transfer activity this summer.

There is still the lingering issue of just where Costa will be going. With young players they are not used to it. He will not talk about Diego Costa, last season's leading goalscorer who has been frozen out of the first team and is now in legal dispute with the club.

"We'll be underdogs for most games and that suits us".

Conte added: "There could be an opportunity to start the game for Rudiger because Moses will miss out for one game". Therefore, we could expect Morata to have some sort of familiarity with Conte's system at Chelsea.

By the beginning of the season Chelsea football club is clearly not in optimal condition. Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady can play on either flank, Walters will challenge Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes for the lone roll up front.

Burnley, however, have lost all three of their opening day clashes in the top flight.

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Though his ACL injury has temporarily halted his development as a Chelsea star, there is no doubt that Zouma has the potential to become one of the best defenders in the world with the right coaching.

Loftus-Cheek has made the move across London to join Frank de Boer's Crystal Palace.

We've seen it with Nathan Ake, who scored a late victor against Liverpool last season to help Bournemouth to a 4-3 victory.

Yet again we are seeing a transfer window whereby Chelsea are spending big whilst they loan out their young talent to teams across Europe.

"For me the striker is a really important role and it is very important to understand the position I want in the game and it is more hard to adapt than other roles". So at the other end is where they will have to somehow try to stop the Blues. He is also very good in the air and intelligent off the ball, making runs into the box with his pace, which creates a real threat to any defence. Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool. you can go on.

While accepting that his players had been affected by the situation, Conte pointed to how they have now received red cards in each of their last three games - including the FA Cup final and Community Shield against Arsenal - but stopped short of blaming his players for ill-discipline.