Conte admits Chelsea 'lost their heads', refuses to comment on ref


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte feels his men lost their heads in the first half of their 3-2 home loss against Burnley, after Gary Cahill's red card, but has hailed their second half fightback.

"But today I saw two faces of the team - one positive in the second half and one negative in the first half".

"I have to start to study a new formation with 10 players because when it happens with regularity you must be anxious". "We didn't lose the balance and we tried to change the final result".

"In the second half it was very hard to change the final result, despite the great commitment, the great desire, the great will of my players".

Record signing Alvaro Morata may have been able to come off the bench to briefly give Chelsea hope, but the remainder of Conte's subs looked rather uninspiring, such as Fikayo Tomori, Charly Musonda and Kyle Scott.

Conte said he did not want to answer questions about Costa, but tellingly conceded: "For me it's in the past".

The Blues had more of the ball in the second period and Alvaro Morata made more of an impact after replacing Michy Batshuayi just before the hour mark as he pulled one goal back for his team in 69th minute.

"As for the transfer market, the club is trying to do the best".

"We would have had defensive areas we need to work on if we'd won 3-2". I am not anxious, I am ready to fight with these players.

Chelsea's fate was sealed when Fabregas picked up a second yellow card for a late challenge on former Chelsea youth player Jack Cork, reducing the Blues to nine men.

West Bromwich Albion made another set piece pay as they opened the season with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at The Hawthorns.

"Big decisions changed the outcome, quite obviously".

Huddersfield Town marked their top flight return with a remarkable 3-0 win at Crystal Palace that sent them top of the table, while Wayne Rooney bagged the victor on his Everton comeback in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City.

"Our mentality I was really pleased with, to see the game through".

"It quietens down a few stories", Dyche said to Sky Sports. "And it was weird at half-time because you're three up away at Chelsea and you have to decide how you're going to approach it from there", he added.