Conte admits red cards could prompt Chelsea re-think

Conte admits red cards could prompt Chelsea re-think

Conte admits red cards could prompt Chelsea re-think

Burnley on the other hand, see familiar players from the last season take the field as Sean Dyche places his trust on Tarkowski in the absence of Michael Keane, who has been shipped off to Everton.

Which makes their first game this season, as well as their Community Shield performance, all the more worrying. What they should be thinking now is: 'Relax, we've got two games until the transfer window is finished'. When we got the first goal, the belief grew and you could feel it in the stadium as well.

Conte, whose pre-season preparations with the Premier League champions have been overshadowed by speculation of a rift within the club hierarchy, said: "I have to study formations with 10 and nine players because when this happens so regularly, you must be anxious".

Defender Azpilicueta was not so reserved in his assessment of the side.

But the record is different looking at his starts, Chelsea losing only six of the 35 (65.7%) in which he did not play from the off.

Express Sport understands Chelsea will up their offer to Leicester for 27-year-old Drinkwater to £25m in the next day. The concurrent suspension of Cesc Fabregas and the continued absence of Tiemoue Bakayoko create another opening in defensive midfield.

Tottenham take on Chelsea at home (Wembley Stadium to be precise) on Sunday in what will be our second Premier League fixture of the season.

The task of organising the Chelsea gears of war on the pitch was long the responsibility of John Terry.

Conte gave new signing Alvaro Morata his debut and one of the Spain striker's first involvements was to be clattered by Ben Mee, whose hard tackle earned a yellow card. The way Conte is speaking to the press you know something isn't right.

Meanwhile, Van Dijk remains a target for a number of Prem clubs - but is said to be more likely to join join Chelsea or Manchester City than Liverpool.

In contrast, Chelsea's win ratio in matches where Fabregas has played is worse than those where the Spaniard has not.

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