Why We Lost To Burnley - Conte
Chelsea Coach Antonio Conte has attempted to give some explanations for his team’s shocking opening day loss in the Premier League to Burnley.
Among other reasons, Conte admitted that his side practically 'lost their heads' and were rightly punished by the ambitious Burnley team.
Skipper Gary Cahill saw red with just 14 minutes on the clock and that development helped Sean Dyche's men to run into an unlikely 3-0 lead by the break.
Record-signing Alvaro Morata and David Luiz did manage to restore some dignity by pulling the scoreline back to 3-2 but an opening day loss could not be averted.
"The sending off of Cahill was a key moment, because to play the rest of the game with 10 and then nine men is not easy," Conte told reporters afterwards. "In recent games we have finished with nine or 10 men. I have to try to adapt a new system and to anticipate playing with nine or 10 men in the next game. I don't want to comment on the referee, absolutely not.
"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.
"But our first half we kept losing our heads - after the red card we lost our heads, conceded two goals and then it's very difficult to change the final result."
Next up for the Blues is a tough trip to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley next weekend.