Chelsea begin title defence with defeat to Burnley

Antonio Conte has proved his tactical acumen wherever he has gone

The Spain global moved to Chelsea in a £58m deal from Champions League holders Real Madrid last month to bolster Antonio Conte's attacking options.

The Blues were already without a number of key players due to injuries or suspensions, but went one man down after captain Gary Cahill for shown a straight red card for a diving tackle.

"I admit it's a very important amount but I have the personality to play calmly and to stay on my path", he told Marca.

"You get comfortable, think you've done it after a year - I don't think we'll let that happen here". Me, I have to start to study a new formation with ten or nine players.

Burnley have never won an opening-day fixture in the Premier League era while, in contrast, Chelsea have gone 18 matches without defeat on the opening day of the season. "After the red card we lost our heads, conceded two goals and then it's very hard to change the final result".

"I think Manchester United will win the Premier League because Mourinho has never failed in a second season", Crespo said.

If Cesar Azpilicueta moves out to the left flank to replace Moses, Antonio Rudiger, who also isn't match fit, could be forced into the starting XI.


"My message is I am not looking for sympathy from other coaches".

The champions should start the season with a win in front of their own fans, but Conte still has plenty of things to figure out.

"I thought the referee was really good".

Fabregas and Cahill will be suspended for Chelsea's tough second match of the season, away to Tottenham at Wembley Stadium next weekend.

"I'm not anxious because we have to trust in our work". 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. "We'll find the right solution".

The Blues have failed to add depth to their squad so far this summer, with reports suggesting that Conte is becoming increasingly agitated about their failure to build a group of players who can deal with the demands of European football.

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