Antonio Conte: "We lost our heads"

Danny Woods
August 13, 2017

But David Luiz fired home from inside the box after being set up by a Morata header to set up a frantic final few minutes, during which Burnley struck the post through Robbie Brady before holding on to take the three points. 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. For Conte: "If the club sends a player on loan for development, that means the club thinks the player is not ready to play for Chelsea".

There is still the lingering issue of just where Costa will be going.

With the likes of second choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defender Antony Rudiger and defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko would have boosted the Chelsea squad to a large extent.

His signing makes the impending Diego Costa departure much more digestible for the Chelsea supporters. This will no doubt have supporters worrying - as the Blues were dispatched by Inter Milan and Bayern Munich in the preseason - before a sluggish effort against Arsenal saw them defeated on penalties in the Community Shield. For sure, we are champions and we have to face every game in the right way.

Head of BT Sport, Simon Green, said, "It's no secret that Frank had many offers, both within the game and elsewhere, following his retirement, so we are absolutely thrilled that he has chosen to join the team at BT Sport". The Italian was doing it again with his line-up, favouring Michy Batshuayi in attack to the £65 million new boy Alvaro Morata.

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Chelsea's Gary Cahill checks that Steven Defour of Burnley. 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.

There was to be no further late drama, though, as the Clarets held out for a brilliant - and fully deserved - opening day win.

Burnley have a poor record in London, only winning once out of all their previous 16 attempts, that was against Crystal Palace in April however. "So that result is huge, a massive win for us at the start of the season".

"In my career I always work with real pressure and it's normal". In a game I feel Chelsea will dominate possession and create a lot of chances, the new number 9 will be hoping to grab a goal or two and get his career off and running in England.

"My state of mind is clear, and at the moment I signed a new contract, and then I chose to stay, to work for this club, and then to try and give every day 120% in the work for my club."For my players, yeah, then, the situation is very clear and I'm happy to do this job, and I'm trying..." He was good in some games, inexperienced in others.

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