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Alvaro Morata scores his first goal for Chelsea in defeat to Burnley

13 Agosto 2017

Conte, looking exhausted and disgruntled, said he preferred not to talk about the referee who also sent off Cesc Fabregas in the 82nd minute after the Spaniard earned a second yellow card for an ill-timed tackle on former Chelsea man Jack Cork.

Conte has struggled to hide his frustrations over Chelsea's failure to strengthen their squad, with Morata, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero their only new signings.

Conte said, "I think Alvaro has good space to improve, he's working very well and working very hard to quickly find good fitness and adapt himself to our style of football".

But the fight-back after being reduced to 10 men and eventually nine men does show that the players are fighting for the manager, and that's a marked difference from that season of palpable discord.

Stoke started the second half in determined fashion but found good chances at a premium with Darren Fletcher coming closest when he seized on a loose ball 25 yards out and drilled narrowly wide from distance, and they were denied at the end when new home keeper Jordan Pickford made a fine stop from Xherdan Shaqiri. "We didn't lose the balance and we tried to change the final result".

"But today I saw two faces of the team - one positive in the second half and one negative in the first half".

While Antonio Conte has added to his squad this summer with the major signings of Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger, they've also continued to let players leave the club. We had to get on, get the job done and I'm pleased we have done that.

Chelsea's fate was sealed when Fabregas picked up a second yellow card for a late challenge on former Chelsea youth player Jack Cork, reducing the Blues to nine men.

The defender has been handed the captaincy at the Premier League champions for the 2017/18 season following John Terry's departure.

"We kept going, kept probing and it's 3-0 at the interval". "The first half pleased me because although Chelsea went to 10 men it was not easy".

"It quietens down a few stories", Dyche said to Sky Sports. And it was weird at half time because you have to decide how you're going to approach it from there.

Alvaro Morata scores his first goal for Chelsea in defeat to Burnley