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Angry Conte kicks as tension with Chelsea board rises

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 12/08/2017

Antonio Conte appears to be in loggerheads with the Chelsea board but has slammed suggestions his selection for the loss to Burnley.Antonio Conte appears to be at loggerheads with the Chelsea board but has slammed suggestions his selection for the loss to Burnley was to send a message to his bosses.

Following their opening day defeat to Burnley on Saturday, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has angrily hit back at suggestions that he was sending a message to the Chelsea board with his team selection.

The champions were beaten 3-2 at home by Burnley in their Premier League opener on Saturday and there are suggestions the Chelsea boss deliberately selected a weakened side so as to send a message to the club hierarchy to sign more players for him.

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.

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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?

"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?”