Chelsea FC's run of red cards leaves coach Antonio Conte bemused

Lynette Rowe
September 21, 2017

Referee Michael Oliver awarded David Luiz a straight red card three minutes from time, but Antonio Conte has explained why his player shouldn't have been sent off.

The Brazilian now faces a three-game suspension, which will see him miss games against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, and Stoke City and Manchester City in the Premier League, with the Blues unlikely to appeal against the decision.

Chelsea will not call in expert help to try to stop their run of red cards or hold talks with referee chiefs over the belief of numerous club's players that they have been victims of inconsistency.

In his post-match press conference, Conte went on to say: "For sure, that was a foul (Alexis on Luiz)". For sure, it's unusual, no?

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When asked about the situation, Conte said: "David Luiz, you know very well that I don't like to comment about the referee".

"We have to try and improve in all situations - tactical and physical. Also, you have to be more lucky in the future". Although, worringly for Arsenal, Welbeck would be forced off with a groin injury later on.

The Brazilian centre back is suspended for three domestic games but is determined to play in the Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid next week.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose side had lost their last five league matches at Chelsea, applauded his side's response to their 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool in their last away match. "In recent years, we've struggled here, but we showed we're capable of competing against the best, we showed solidarity and that we can create chances against them".

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