It was a day of red cards in Stamford Bridge as Chelsea on Saturday became the first group to have 2 of their players sent off in an opening match of a Premier League season.
The defending Champions recorded the defeat in contemporary English soccer when Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas were unceremoniously, sent off within their 3-2 shock defeat to Burnley.
The Blues nightmare, unfolded at the 14th minutes in Stamford Bridge as Cahill was dismissed for a tackle on Steven Defour, conceding three goals before half-time.
Cesc Fabregas’ red card 10 minutes from time was the last nail in the coffin to Antonio Conte and his nine-man squad.
Manager of the blues Antonio Conte Admitted that his side ‘lost their heads’ because they fell to a shock home defeat to Burnley.
“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.”