Chelsea worried over Diego Costa’s weight ahead of the Brazilian’s transfer; while Antonio Conte claims he is not worried despite a 3-2 defeat to Burnley. Chelsea to return for Leicester City midfielder; while the Blues boss has admitted that his side lost their heads.
5. We lost our heads – Antonio Conte
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that his side ‘lost their heads’ as they fell to a shock home defeat to Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
The Premier League champions got the defence of their title off to a nightmare start at Stamford Bridge.
Blues skipper Gary Cahill saw red with just 14 minutes on the clock. The red card allowed Sean Dyche’s men to run into an unlikely 3-0 lead by the break.
Record signing Alvaro Morata and David Luiz did manage to restore some dignity by pulling the scoreline back to 3-2 come to the final whistle. However, Conte was delivered another headache when Cesc Fabregas also received his marching orders nine minutes from time.
“The sending off of Cahill was a key moment because to play the rest of the game with 10 and then nine men is not easy,” Conte told reporters afterwards. “In recent games, we have finished with nine or 10 men. I have to try to adapt a new system and to anticipate playing with nine or 10 men in the next game. I don’t want to comment on the referee, absolutely not.”
“We tried until the end to reach a good result against Burnley – it was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good.”
“But our first half we kept losing our heads – after the red card we lost our heads, conceded two goals and then it’s very difficult to change the final result.”
4. Chelsea to return for Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater
Chelsea are reportedly planning to make a second bid for Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater next week.
The Blues already lodged an unsuccessful bid of £15m for the 27-year-old earlier in the window. But are hoping that an offer in the region of £25m will break the Foxes’ resolve, according to The Telegraph.
However, the report suggests that it would likely take a sum of nearer £40m to reunite Drinkwater with former Leicester teammate N’Golo Kante. Both midfielders were considered key players in the club’s unlikely league title victory of 2015-16.
The player himself, who is now suffering from a thigh injury, is understood to be keen on the move.
Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare, however, warned potential suitors earlier this week that they are ‘not a selling club’.
Antonio Conte is said to be looking to make up to four new signings to reinforce his Chelsea squad.