Chelsea boss Antonio Conte not concerned about transfers after Burnley defeat

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he is not worried about the depth of his squad in the final few weeks of the transfer market

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he is not worried about the depth of his squad in the final few weeks of the transfer market following a 3-2 defeat by Burnley.

Champions Chelsea saw both Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas dismissed at Stamford Bridge, and despite a second-half fightback could not grab a point.

Some have argued that Chelsea’s squad is weaker than at the end of last season after John Terry’s departure, Nemanja Matic’s sale and Diego Costa’s impending exit, but Conte is not concerned.

Watch highlights from an action packed afternoon at Stamford Bridge

When asked about the transfer market, Conte told Final Sports: “I think that we must be focused to work very hard, to continue to work, with these players.

“For the transfer market the club is trying to do their best, I am not worried, I am ready to fight with these players.”

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.

“[Cahill’s early sending off] was a key moment, because to play the rest of the game with 10 men, and then with nine men, is not easy. But in the last three games we end the game with 10 men or less.

Conte then joked: “I think I will have to adapt a new system to play with nine men or 10 men for the next game, to anticipate this situation!”

 

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