Conte admits Chelsea 'lost their heads', refuses to comment on ref

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In a dramatic contest at Stamford Bridge, Sam Vokes scored twice and Stephen Ward also netted as Burnley moved into a three-goal half-time lead after Gary Cahill's early red card.

Alvaro Morata, on as a second-half substitute, reduced the deficit in his first league start since a club-record move from Real Madrid for 58 million pounds ($75 million). "After this red card we lost our composure", the Italian told reporters. "I'm trying, no, I'm doing my best every day".

"Instead we conceded three goals and in the second half it was very hard to change the final result despite the great commitment, will and desire of my players".

Any chance of a Chelsea recovery appeared to be at an end with nine minutes left as Fabregas - who had been booked for sarcastically applauding a Pawson decision in the first half - received a second yellow for a foul on Cork.

"We must pay attention and try to keep our heads the rest of the game".

It was a dispiriting afternoon for Conte, who won the title in his first season at the club and wants more reinforcements. "Now the season is starting and we must be ready, even with many players missing".

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Burnley was expected to struggle this season after losing arguably its best two players in the offseason, defender Michael Keane and striker Andre Gray. I repeat, I don't like this type of habit to send a message, why I have to send a message? Why? Why? "I wanted to win here, not to send a message". "But it´s a great start", said Dyche. "I think that the coach can make mistakes, the players can make mistakes, the referee [too]". He had a tough game to handle and he did well overall. (Chelsea) had to respond, which they did, so credit to them, but we were disappointed with the two goals.

"Overall we deserved it".

"We kept going, kept probing and it's 3-0 at the interval".

West Bromwich Albion made another set piece pay as they opened the season with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at The Hawthorns.

But just when it looked like Chelsea were back in the game, they had another man sent off for, this time Cesc Fabregas was sent off for a second bookable offence.

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