Sam Vokes hails Burnley's 'massive win' against defending champions Chelsea
Aug 14 2017
"You don't know me very well", Conte said, replying to the suggestion he might have meant to highlight the club's lukewarm summer recruitment. "For sure he played very well, he scored a goal and played a good game". "I wanted to win today, not to send a message".
"If you have a red card early in the game it's a shock moment for everyone but we are all professionals and we need to do better in those kind of situations", the Germany full-back told the club's official website. Despite this we also saw the great spirit and great commitment of my players and we must be very proud of this.
"Whether he feels guilty or whether he really did want to come back to Chelsea, or to England, I'm not convinced of that".
"I saw two faces today: one positive in the second half, one negative in the first half". "The coach can make mistakes the players can mistakes, the referee - yes".
The Chelsea boss was also without the injured trio of Pedro, Eden Hazard and recent arrival Tiemoue Bakayoko, although new striker Alvaro Morata impressed as a second-half substitute, scoring one goal and setting up another for David Luiz.
Meanwhile, Sean Dyche was generous in victory, with the Burnley manager swatting aside the suggestion his players might have sensed some vulnerability in the champions at the start of the match.
"'I'm in charge and you'll pay later and you can go and sit at home and watch the team this weekend'".
"It's a great win for us, brilliant for our players, brilliant for our supporters but we know there's a big season right in front of us, the "second season" that everyone's telling us about".
Huddersfield Town marked their top flight return with a brilliant 3-0 win against Crystal Palace that sent them top of the table, while Wayne Rooney bagged the victor on his Everton comeback in a 1-0 win over Stoke City.
"They're a fine side, even with 10 men".
But Conte was tight-lipped, he said: "I prefer not to answer questions about Costa - for me it's in the past". (Chelsea) had to respond, which they did, so credit to them, but we were disappointed with the two goals.