Chelsea manager Conte admits red cards could prompt re-think

Chelsea manager Conte admits red cards could prompt re-think

Chelsea manager Conte admits red cards could prompt re-think

It will be interesting to see, given his immediate impact, if Conte picks Morata from the start in their next game - a trip to Wembley stadium to face title rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Fabregas was booked for sarcastically applauding Pawson's decision to give a free-kick against him and much worse was to follow.

While it remains very early days in his Chelsea career, the signs are so far encouraging that Morata, 24, will provide an effective attacking focal point and prove an able successor to Diego Costa, whose 20 goals last season played such a significant role in the club's title success.

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. Ignoring the obvious opportunity to launch a cross into the Chelsea area, the visitors played a free-kick short.

The story of the match was nearly encapsulated in the first few minutes of play when Marcos Alonso's reckless challenge was punished with a yellow and Ben Mee headed straight at Thibault Courtois from the ensuing free kick. But no one would have expected what was to unfold at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Boos greeted both the halftime and fulltime whistle as Chelsea fans encountered the unusual feeling of a home loss under Conte, after 17 wins in 19 league games at Stamford Bridge last season. Not least because Willian stood up as the only player with any heart for the first hour.

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"In the second half we deserve compliments because you saw a team who tried when it wasn't easy and at the end of the match we had two men less", he said. The Brazilian curled an exquisite 69th-minute cross into space behind the Burnley defence and substitute Morata stooped to guide a diving header past Heaton, just nine minutes after coming on.

Fabregas was given his marching orders after receiving two yellow cards but, despite being reduced to nine men, the champions added a second through David Luiz that at least highlighted a level of desire that was missing before the break.

Thankfully for the Chelsea boss the linesman had his flag raised for offside and the goal was disallowed.

"They opened up the pitch even more when they had 10 men which put us on the back foot a bit".

Sensing the opportunity before them, Burnley continued to press against opponents who were creating nothing in the final third and in the space of four minutes before half-time they had powered out of sight.

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