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Antonio Conte: "We lost our heads"

13 August 2017

"The red card was a key moment".

Just over a week later, Roman Abramovich splashed out $91 million for Spanish star Alvaro Morata, who Antonio Conte said was his "first choice". My aim is to try to improve my players, to try to improve my team. We must have the right experience to face this situation. But for sure we want to try to fight, to fight until the end, to try to retain the title. Me, I have to start to study a new formation with ten or nine players. We will find the right solution, we will find the right solution.

There was no such nonsense from Antonio Conte, but he must be regretting his comment last month when he said "wants to avoid a Mourinho season", referring to the 2015 meltdown.

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"Behind the scenes he'll be saying the same message, but in a different way: 'This is going to be difficult and this is how we overcome that, by working hard and by doing the extra bits even more than we did past year'. I wanted to win here, not to send a message". Heaton saved Burnley a number of times last campaign, most notably against Man United at Old Trafford when he made a string of saves and kept the game at 0-0 nicking the draw.

"It's been a long, unusual summer, in which I've had to make decisions".

"I thought the referee was really good".

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"Every game becomes tough".

"We are going to activate all the legal mechanisms [to secure Costa's exit] and formally present a transfer request,"Costa's lawyer, Ricardo Cardoso, told EFE".

"Overall we deserved it". Those players loaned out, he said, had gone for a reason despite what his rivals, such as Arsène Wenger, may suggest.

"But our first half we kept losing our heads - after the red card we lost our heads a bit, conceded three goals and then it's very hard to change the final result".

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"Winning away from home on the first days quietens down some stories - we're written off at the start of every season". He is very driven, he is tactically aware and you can see his personality on the sidelines. They're strong and physical.