Antonio Conte has all the earmarks of being at loggerheads with the Chelsea board but has slammed suggestion towards his selection for the loss to Burnley was to make an impression on Chelsea management.
Following their opening day thrashing to Burnley on Saturday, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has irately hit back at the suggestion that he was making an impression on the Chelsea board with his team selection.
The champions were beaten 3-2 at home by Burnley in their Premier League opener on Saturday and there are suggestions manager intentionally chose a debilitating side to make an impression on the club progressive system to sign more players for him.
“You don’t know me very well,” Conte said, replying to the suggestion he might have intended to highlight the club’s lukewarm summer recruitment. “You can see that in every friendly game I always played the best formation and I did the same today. My choice was to put out the best players that we have in this moment. I don’t like this type of idea, someone sending a message. I wanted to win today, not to send a message.”
However, Conte did point the finger of blame at his players, accusing his team of losing composure after the sending off of the captain, Gary Cahill, in the 13th minute
“It was a key moment because after that red card we conceded three goals, but we must pay attention because there is the whole rest of the game to do your best. Despite this, we also saw the great spirit and great commitment of my players and we must be very proud of this.
“I saw two faces today: one positive in the second half, one negative in the first half.”
Conte is reported to be unhappy with the club’s business in the transfer window and the fact that they permitted Nemanja Matic to join Premier League rivals Manchester United.
The Italian named five new rookies on the bench and gave a Premier League debut to Ivory Coast midfielder Jeremie Boga who endured just 20 minutes after Gary Cahill was sent-off.