Chelsea Set Unwanted Premier League Record In Defeat To Burnley

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

However, some of their shortcomings were exposed on Saturday afternoon as they slumped to a shock 3-2 loss to Burnley at Stamford Bridge in their opening Premier League game of the season.

It left the Italian manager concerned by the inability of his players to control their emotions when a team-mate was dismissed.

Conte paused and thought long and hard when asked about referee Craig Pawson's decisions, then said: "I think that the coach can make mistakes, the players can make mistakes, the referee". I saw two faces - one positive, the second half and one negative in the first.

"After the red card we lost our composure and we conceded three goals".

"It can happen, but we must pay attention and try and think there is the rest of the game to do our best. We'll find the right solution".

A sense of injustice spurred on Chelsea's riposte, which only grew when Cesc Fabregas became the second player to walk, for a second yellow card, less than ten minutes after substitute Alvaro Morata had reduced the arrears to 3-1.

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A second half rally only served to paper over the cracks that have been showing all summer.

"We tried until the end to reach a good result against Burnley - it was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good". I'm not anxious because we have to trust in our work and today there were three injured players, Pedro, Hazard, Bakayoko, and one player missing for a ban, [Victor] Moses. Today we had three injured players missing and one missing for a ban. He scored off a Willian assist and then helped David Luiz to a goal with five minutes to play.

The Blues were crowned champions in May after a scintillating debut campaign for Conte at Stamford Bridge but the Italian warned his side they can not repeat the same mistakes made under Jose Mourinho in 2015.

Goals from Sam Vokes (2) and Stephen Ward gave the Clarets an unprecedented 3-0 lead at the break, as Chelsea failed to cope with their motivated opposition.

"A lot was made of our away form last season, and don't get me wrong, that doesn't correct it".

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