12 August, 2017
"In the last three official games we have finished with nine or 10 men".
It's off to a disastrous start at Stamford Bridge as the Blues are now losing to lower table side Burnley at home.
Champions Chelsea saw both Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas dismissed at Stamford Bridge, and despite a second-half fightback could not grab a point.
Conte said his halftime team talk, which along with the introduction of new striker Alvaro Morata who scored on his debut, appeared to completely transform the game, involved pointing out how the players had panicked and lost their shape.
Asked what he thought of referee Craig Pawson's performance that incensed much of Stamford Bridge, Conte took a long pause and then replied: "I prefer not to comment on the referee's decisions.
But our first half we kept losing our heads - after the red card we lost our heads, conceded two goals and then it's very hard to change the final result", Conte told the BBC.
The Italian manager has repeatedly spoken of his concerns relating to the size of his squad throughout the summer, but denied picking such an inexperienced bench was created to force the club's hierarchy into action over the remaining weeks of the transfer window.
"Also I have to study a new formation with 10 men, because when it happens with this regularity I must be anxious". You are not satisfied with my starting XI? You don't know me very well. We have to improve a lot on this aspect, because a situation of this type can happen.
Antonio Conte hit back emphatically at the suggestion he picked a weakened Chelsea team against Burnley in order to send a message to the club's board. I want to win today.
Next up for the Blues, who have now lost their last three competitive matches, is a tough trip to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley next weekend.
"I am pleased for him because he played with the right intensity, and played a good game, now for sure he has to continue to work with all the rest of the players".