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Conte Tips Rudiger For Moses Role Vs Burnley, Shades Wenger, Praises Morata

13 August 2017

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was disappointed with his side's discipline during their 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley on Saturday. Chelsea were seven points clear, 10 points clear for a large part of the back end of last season.

It was indeed a splendid and one-sided first half for the visitors, who simply outplayed the 10-man reigning champions.

"Pedro is not available because he is suffering from an injury he got during the Arsenal game", Conte said at his pre-match media conference.

Burnley finished 16th in the table last season, and added five players in the summer to improve their chances. "But I've already adapted and I'm excited to play".

Chelsea is the league's best club on opening day. My only task is to be focused on the pitch. "I think honestly if you have to give an evaluation on paper, it's right to not put Chelsea as a favourite".

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But Wenger revealed after the dramatic clash that Giroud "decided to stay" at the Emirates and he is "really loved" at the club. I think if you read the French papers, they are on Mbappe's case to finish their transfer market".

"I am not looking for sympathy from any coaches for this situation". I know he didn't play so much a year ago but his presence in the club was enormous and that has to be filled. These are the most important things for us.

It was definitely not the start to a title defence Chelsea fans would have expected as Burnley took a shock lead.

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche praised Pawson's officiating of the game, insisting he had performed well in hard circumstances, and declared his team worthy winners.

"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'".

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Guardiola cautioned his players following the shock results earlier in the weekend ahead of their Saturday tea-time kick off. I'm honest in my job. "So we have to disregard most of it, because it's something that we can't affect", he said on Friday.

Victor Moses is another player the Blues will be without for this following the red card the Nigerian received in last season's FA Cup final.

"He's a good player. He is a strong player with a good personality".

Chelsea are concerned that they will be unable to sell striker Diego Costa because he has become "too fat", according to the Sun.

Lampard concedes £58million summer signing Alvaro Morata has big boots to fill as the Spaniard replaces Costa but he is confident the former Real Madrid and Juventus striker has the tools to do the job.

The home side were back in the match in the 69th minute when Morata headed a Willian cross into the bottom corner to register his first goal for the club, although the champions still had a lot to do to turn the game around.

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Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports , Wenger said: "We are open to an exceptional player". Intriguingly, it is a former Arsenal forward with whom Lacazette now shares his record.