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Conte angered by suggestion he was sending Chelsea board a message with team selection

Date Posted,August 11, 2017

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has angrily hit back at suggestions that he was sending a message to the Chelsea board with his team selection against Burnley during the shock 3-2 home defeat at Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League champions suffered a nightmare start to the campaign as they suffered their first opening day-defeat for 19 years and found themselves 3-0 down in the first half.

Conte is reported to be unhappy with the club’s business in the transfer market and the fact they allowed Nemanja Matic to join Premier League rivals Manchester United.

The Italian coach named five rookies on the bench and handed a Premier League debut to Ivory Coast midfielder Jeremie Boga who lasted just 20 minutes after Gary Cahill was sent-off.

Antonio Conte hits back at claims he was sending a message to the board (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

The team selection appeared to be a strong message to the board that the Chelsea squad lacks a strength in depth as they attempt to challenge for major silverware once again.

But when questioned about his line-up and the suggestion he was sending some kind of message to the Chelsea hierarchy, Conte quickly hit back and strongly dismissed those claims.

Conte said: “Why ask this question? You were not happy with my 11?

Burnley's Sam Vokes celebrates scoring Burnley's first goal
Burnley enjoyed a memorable first day at Stamford Bridge (Image: Rex Features)

“You don’t know me very well and you can see in our pre-season I have always played the best formation and it happened the same today.

“I put the best player we had with this moment. I don’t like this type of thing, about wanting to send a message? Why would I do that?”

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