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Conte criticises Chelsea players for loss of composure

Kristopher Love | 13 August, 2017, 18:54

The champions slumped to a 3-2 opening day defeat against unfancied Burnley, shipping three goals in the first half after Cahill was sent off for a unsafe tackle.

Defender Miguel Britos bundled the ball home at the death after Liverpool had come from 1-0 and 2-1 down to lead 3-2 thanks to a three-minute blitz in the second half, when new signing Mohamed Salah made an impact.

It began to unravel before the quarter-hour mark when Cahill was shown a straight red card for his lunge at Defour before Fabregas was booked for sarcastically clapping Pawson.

Conte has struggled to hide his frustrations over Chelsea's failure to strengthen their squad, with Morata, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero their only new signings.

Sam Vokes scored twice as Burnley stunned Premier League champions Chelsea with a 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend of the new campaign.

"I saw two faces of my team today", Conte said after a match where Chelsea were 3-0 down before half-time.

Burnley actually had the ball in the back of the Chelsea net in the 19th minute when Vokes headed home from close range, but the goal was disallowed, much to the relief of the home side's supporters.

He brushed aside questions about reported tension with Chelsea's board over signing new players and said he was not anxious because three key players - Eden Hazard, Pedro and Victor Moses - could return from injury and suspension for Chelsea's next game against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has stated that his side's 3-2 Premier League win against Chelsea would have shocked the modest club's doubters.

Any hopes of an unlikely comeback looked to have disappeared when midfielder Cesc Fabregas was red-carded in the 81st after receiving his second booking.

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

"They concede the most goals out of anyone in the top six". Why do I have to send a message? It's a big win for us, even with 10 men they're a fine side.

Mounie's goals were the first repayments on his club-record £11.4 million transfer from Montpellier and sent the Yorkshire club to the top of the fledgling standings.

Wayne Rooney marked his top-flight return to Everton after 13 years by scoring the victor against Stoke and his 199th goal in the Premier League.