“It was a key moment”.
“We must pay attention and try to keep our heads the rest of the game”.
However, it is the first red card Chelsea have received in league action for 40 matches.
Referee Craig Pawson was heavily criticised by both Chelsea players and fans during the game for the two red card decisions, and Conte joked that he will prepare his side to go down to 10 men for the next game. I’m very proud for this but today I saw two faces: “one positive in the second half and one negative in the first half”. “We didn’t lose the balance and we tried to change the final result”.
Conte returned to his mantra from last season that the team needed to work hard to produce results and he pointed out that Chelsea had finished their last three games without all 11 of their players on the pitch. I am not anxious, I am ready to fight with these players.
Conte handed youngster Jeremie Boga a debut with Victor Moses suspended, while there were also places on the substitutes’ bench for Charly Musonda, Kyle Scott, Fikayo Tomori and the disgraced Kenedy, who is reportedly closing in on a loan move to Newcastle having been sent home from the club’s pre-season tour of China for posting an insulting video on Instagram. We have to improve a lot on this aspect, because a situation of this type can happen.
“I don’t this appetite for someone to send a message”.
Chelsea must now take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday without Cahill and Fabregas as well as Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who remain several weeks away from full fitness.