Chelsea 0-1 Burnley LIVE score and goal updates as Gary Cahill is sent off at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea 0-1 Burnley LIVE score and goal updates as Gary Cahill is sent off at Stamford Bridge

Antonio Conte admits he would not back Chelsea to retain the Premier League title this season

Antonio Conte admits he would not back Chelsea to win the title as they open up against Burnley.

Conte begins the defence of Chelsea’s Premier League crown today amid a backdrop of transfer frustration, an ugly stand-off with Diego Costa and missing his star player Eden Hazard.

Chelsea boss Conte did not even attempt to hide his unhappiness as he made it perfectly clear that he understands why the pundits and bookies do not give the Blues much of a chance.

Conte said: “Honestly, if you have to give your evaluation on the card (on paper) it’s right. It’s right not to put Chelsea to be a favourite.

“It was the same last season. Not one person believed Chelsea would win the title. This season, in this moment, I agree with these people who think this.”

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When quizzed as to why he was so gloomy about Chelsea’s prospects, Conte banged a familiar drum as he referred to the club’s lack of transfer activity.

“Why?” asked Conte. “I have always answered this question, not only once but twice, three times.”

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