Chelsea v Burnley red cards: Fabregas and Cahill decisions correct - Alan Shearer

Cesc Fabregas was also dismissed later in the game for two yellow cards.

"My choice was to put out the best players that we have in this moment".

Conte, who is reported to be less than happy with Chelsea's summer transfer business, now looks far from settle in the hot-seat in West London. Whether or not the challenge was worthy of a straight sending off has and will continue to be debated, but the response of going down to ten men from Antonio Conte's side simply wasn't good enough.

Conte has made no secret of his dissatisfaction with the skeleton crew he is expected to defend his title with, as the Blues went into yesterday's match with just 14 senior players available to take part.

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And all those goals were scored by the Clarets before half time.

Even before the early red card, this was a below par Chelsea XI.

The home dressing room was likely not a place you would have wanted to be just before 4pm this afternoon.

He brushed aside questions about reported tension with Chelsea's board over signing new players and said he was not anxious because three key players - Eden Hazard, Pedro and Victor Moses - could return from injury and suspension for Chelsea's next game against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

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Antonio Conte, frustrated with the situation at Stamford Bridge, admitted that he would not put money on Chelsea were he a betting man.

It is only one game, yet the parallels with Chelsea's last defence of a Premier League title two seasons ago under Jose Mourinho were uncanny.

The champions were looking much more of a threat and had the ball in the net again six minutes later but Morata who poked in Andreas Christensen's shot at the far post was ruled offside.

Meanwhile Burnley's former Chelsea midfielder Jack Cork said: "They made it hard for us in the second half but a win's a win and we've got three points on the board". Both red cards could have an equally negative effect on the club's next Premier League fixture, given that Conte's side will now travel to Wembley to face Tottenham knowing Cahill and Fabregas will also be absent from an already thin squad.

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"Chelsea have players of such calibre and to see the game through is so pleasing".

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