Conference Call: We trust in our work
news Sat 12 Aug 2017
Antonio Conte felt Gary Cahill’s early sending off was the key moment as his side were beaten 3-2 by Burnley in our opening Premier League game.
The Blues trailed 3-0 at the break, with all three goals coming after the Chelsea skipper had been shown a straight red card for a tackle on Steven Defour in the 14th minute.
Conte’s side showed fantastic spirit after the break and pulled two goals back, through Premier League debutant Alvaro Morata and David Luiz, although there was added frustration when Cesc Fabregas was also dismissed, the Spaniard given a second yellow for a challenge on Jack Cork.
‘For sure it was a key moment because after Gary’s red card we lost our composure and conceded three goals,’ Conte said. ‘We need to improve a lot in that aspect. It can happen, this type of situation, but we must pay attention and think there is the rest of the game to try to do our best. Instead we conceded three goals and in the second half it was very difficult to change the result, depite the great will and desire of my players, which I was very proud of. Today I saw two faces: one positive, in the second half, and one negative, in the first half.
Debutant Jeremie Boga was substituted immediately after Cahill’s sending off
‘It’s impossible to judge Boga’s performance as he only played 16 minutes. It was a pity because he’s young with good quality. It was a pity to change the system to try to find a different solution but for sure in the future he could have another chance.’
Having been introduced in the second half, Morata scored and provided an intelligent assist for David Luiz’s goal
‘I think Alvaro has good space to improve, he’s working very well and working very hard to quickly find good fitness and adapt himself to our style of football. For sure he played very well, he scored a goal and played a good game.
‘Now we have to work, we know this. That is the only way for me and my players. I’m not worried because we have to trust in our work. Today there were three injured players, Pedro, Hazard and Bakayoko, and Moses was banned. I don’t know if Pedro will have recovered for the next game but for sure we will have two players banned, Cahill and Fabregas.'