Conte speaks on Cahill's red card — Chelsea vs Burnley

Conte speaks on Cahill's red card — Chelsea vs Burnley

Abuja (Sundiata Post) - Reigning champions Chelsea posted an absolutely miserable first half performance reminiscent of 2015-16, and Burnley held on against the 10- and then 9-man Blues for a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

It left the Italian manager concerned by the inability of his players to control their emotions when a team-mate was dismissed. But it was ultimately too little too late, as the defending Premier League champions' terrible first half proved the difference.

"It's very difficult to judge a young player only during the training session, but there are moments you have to take risks because you don't have other possibilities and you have to go with the young player".

The home dressing room was likely not a place you would have wanted to be just before 4pm this afternoon. "I have to start to study a new formation with 10 players because this irregularity is worrying".

Conte also claimed he was "not looking for sympathy" over the size of his squad after leading the Blues from 10th the previous campaign to the Premier League trophy in May. Chelsea are defensively solid but not too great offensively, but Cesc Fabregas's creativity drags them to a win. Today we had three injured players missing and one missing for a ban. "I have to try to adapt a new system and to anticipate this situation of playing with nine or 10 men in the next game".

"Alvaro has a good space to improve himself".

Gary Cahill sent off after 14 minutes and Burnley capitalized scoring three goals before half time through Sam Vokes double and Stephen Ward's volley.

Burnley's form at home and away contrasted sharply last season.

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The Spaniard's eagerness cost his team minutes later, though, when he tapped in Andreas Christensen's goal-bound effort from an offside position. "That is something that we've got to continue to work on".