Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte has said he will stick with the players at his disposal despite losing 2-3 to Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

He said he is pleased with his new striker, Alvaro Morata who came on when the team was three goals down and he scored one. The former Real Madrid player also laid on the assist for David Luiz to score a second goal though it was not sufficient to prevent defeat.

He made it clear that striker Diego Costa is not in his plans anymore.

Costa was technically sent packing by Conte from the Chelsea squad after the Italian sent him a text message to look for a new club.

“We must focus on working very hard with these players. As for the transfer market, the club is trying to do the best. I am not worried, I am ready to fight with these players. I repeat: it is important for us to concentrate on our work, to be focused every day in training and to try to work in our best way. No excuses.

“Morata is very important and it’s important that he now adapts himself to our philosophy – today he played a good game with the right intensity. Now he has to continue to work with all the rest of our players.

“I prefer not to answer questions about Diego Costa – for me it’s in the past,” he said.


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