Conte: Chelsea Lost Composure Vs Burnley, Morata Needs To Adapt

Chelsea were reduced to 9-men in the 81st minute when Cesc Fabregas was sent off for a challenge on Cork, having received a yellow card for dissent in the first half. After miscontrolling a ball and lunging in on Steven Defour to win it back, Gary Cahill was shown a straight red on 14 minutes and Chelsea were left utterly shell-shocked. So I'll start with the last, who will not be able to help the team on Saturday's match, among them: Azar, Moses and Bakayoko.

While deciding on the defence and midfield wouldn't be that tough after all, Conte has his work cut out to decide who starts the match up front - new boy Alvaro Morata or Michy Batshuayi, who was in an absolutely terrific form in the pre-season, scoring five times.

"In the second half we deserve compliments because you saw a team who tried when it wasn't easy and at the end of the match we had two men less", he said.

Burnley was expected to struggle this season after losing arguably its best two players in the offseason, defender Michael Keane and striker Andre Gray. We had to get on, get the job done and I'm pleased we have done that. If Morata can be a similar difference-maker in future games, this loss will prove little else than a blip on the way to another successful season.

The Clarets made their numerical advantage count 10 minutes later as Vokes fired in his first of the afternoon from a Matt Lowton delivery. But no one would have expected what was to unfold at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Sam Vokes added his second of the game shortly after as Sean Dyche's side went into the break three goals in front. And then I repeat: "the club is trying to do their best on the transfer market".

The Blues came out with renewed vigor in the second half, pressing their opponents as they looked to reduce the three-goal deficit, but the champions were still lacking in the final third.

"For young players it is difficult because they are not used to the pressure".

  • Ricardo Clara